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πŸ’•πŸ˜Œ Mask of the Week Challenge πŸ˜ŒπŸ’–

If you haven’t joined in yet, better late than never!


We love hearing about every masking experience, and suggestions are always welcome.


This Week’s Theme: The Best Deal vs. The Beat Money Can Buy πŸ’Έ

Letter of the Week:  N

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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 masksπŸ’—

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@quspork  Luckily I think the eye pads just came as a gift with purchase or something. 

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Love the name of that sheet mask, @PrettyPaint! Also love that it contains galactomyces. πŸ’— Fit aside, the results sound good! Oh, thank you for talking about Wilma Schumann; I've seen a few products from the brand but didn't know much about it. Slippage with an undereye patch is problematic so it sounds like a pass; I also have plenty of undereye patches so I really don't need another one, especially one that is challenging to keep in place. Have you used any other products from this brand?

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@itsfi  No, I actually had never heard of the brand Wilma Schumann before. Their other things could be awesome, though. I tend to be a bit picky with eye patches/pads, probably because they don't make a huge difference for me in general.

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@PrettyPaint ok.  The name of the mask caught my eye. πŸ˜€

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@tjffc  I was actually a little surprised it was called that because there wasn't really anything to do with sparkle.

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Oof, one popped off, @PrettyPaint?! Major bummer. The Chereskin sounds intriguing, I like the β€˜sparkling’ in the title, I would almost expect a bubbling mask with that name!

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@eshoe  Yeah, it seemed like the name didn't totally fit the mask. A bubbling mask would fit that title nicely.

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@PrettyPaint  The sheet mask sounds great! I think the fact that it has the word "sparkle" in the title would make me want to buy it! πŸ˜†


Too bad the eye patches didn't work too well! I've had one fall off while I was walking and smack against the floor. πŸ˜‚ It's those thick slippery hydrogels that usually do that to me. 

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@Shosh85  The eye patch was really heavy and slippery, so I think you would have to lie flat on your back for them to work.

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C is for Carrageenan (aka red seaweed aka Irish Moss), Centella Asiatica and Cleopatra's fountain of youth? πŸ€”
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Okay, so here's the thing . . . while ingredients like snail mucin, donkey milk, and horse oil don't make me flinch, the thought of putting snake venom on my skin makes me a little apprehensive. I read that Cleopatra used snake venom to keep her skin wrinkle free and maintain her youth. Well, good for her. I, on the other hand, think snake venom might just be too much for this scaredy cat. 😬 Fortunately, syn-ake, the touted star ingredient in this mask, is not real snake venom. Phew.  Rather, it's a synthetic peptide that mimics real snake venom, and claims to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, smooth out fine lines, improve the skin's elasticity, and lift and firm the skin. It's been said to be an alternative to Botox. What's more, this mask also claims to moisturize and brighten. Wow, this sounds like the "kitchen sink" of sheet masks. Seems like a tall order to me, especially the anti-aging claims, but I was willing to give it a try. 
TonyMoly Intense Care Syn-Ake Hydro-gel Mask is a 2-piece hydrogel mask that is a near perfect fit for my face size, shape and features. Woohoo! πŸ‘ As far as I'm concerned, the only area for improvement lies in the amount of material for the forehead; it's about 1/2" too short for me. Hydrogel masks can be a bit tricky as some are very slick and slippery. Not so with this TonyMoly mask. It felt cooling on my skin immediately upon contact, adhered beautifully, wore comfortably, and stayed in place the entire time I had it one, which was about an half hour. 
After removing the mask and pressing in the little essence that remained to help with absorption, my skin felt nicely hydrated. The mask is said to make skin radiant. I don't know if I would say my skin looked radiant, but it did look refreshed and slightly brightened, both of which I've come to expect from a sheet mask. As for its anti-aging claims, I generally am of the opinion that it takes more than a single, isolated use of an "anti-aging" sheet mask to see results, if any. That said, I was very surprised to find that the area under and around my eyes felt more firm, which is not a result I typically experience with sheet masks. It's enough to make me interested in picking up another one (or two or three or more) of this mask and putting it to the test with some daily masking. I'll have to check to see if I have a backup of this mask; if not, onto my list it goes. πŸ˜‰ 
Ingredients (from yesstyle (dot) com)
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Mineral Oil, Paeonia Suffruticosa (Moutan) Root Extract, Ceratonia Siliqua (Carob) Gum, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Cellulose Gum, Polyacrylate-13, Sodium Polyacrylate, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Euphorbia Supina Stem Extract, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract, Sorbaria Sorbifolia Bark/Leaf Extract, Lecithin, Polysorbate 80, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance

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I'm totally down to test out some snake venom if it makes me Queen of the nile @itsfi , or even Queen of my day lol.  I feel like I've seen a snake venom mask from Rodial maybe?  Now I'm curious about the ingredient, so I'll keep an eye out.  I'm totally cool with it so long as I don't need to actually see the snake donate the venom.  They're the one animal I'm so not cool with.  The descriptor on the package had me singing a little Cher... it went over marvellously with my brother who's staying here for work tomorrow.  He thanks you for inspiring my singing tonight. 

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@missjeanie, you ARE a queen! And once a queen, always a queen! πŸ€— 


To missjeanie's brother: You're welcome. πŸ˜‡ 


How great would it be if your brother started singing Cher at work, having been inspired by you?! Ooooh... 

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From the sounds of it, @itsfi, a bottled serum of this would be ideal for putting its claims to the testπŸ€”

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@eshoe, a serum would be lovely. I don't know if there's one in this line, but Secret Key has a syn-ake skincare line that includes a serum, eye cream and face cream. In non-Kbeauty brands, I think Rodial makes a syn-ake oil and a syn-ake serum.

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Yes, I think I have seen the Rodial, @itsfi. Thank you for the tip on Secret Key - something to try in the New Year, I think! 

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@itsfi  Yup, I think I'd be a bit terrified of real snake venom. The eye area firmness sounds really nice...especially if it could potentially help with puffiness. 

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So true about the puffiness @PrettyPaint! πŸ‘ I think I'm going to set one of these aside to use in the springtime when my allergies act up, or maybe just for another time when my face is extra puffy. That'll be a good test.

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@itsfi  This is not an ingredient I've had the pleasure of trying yet, but have wanted to! Have you seen real snake venom masks? It'd be fun to compare a syn-ake mask with a real snake venom mask and see how much they differ. Just curious, what did this one smell like?

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@Shosh85, I haven't come across a sheet mask with real snake venom 🐍, though to be fair, I haven't really sought one out either. I'm not even sure whether that would fly; I just assume that it would be synthetic, but I don't know for a fact. I made a note to ask one of the Asian beauty store owners about it the next time I go in, though that may not be for some time. As far as smell, I didn't pick up any scent. I don't even know if I'd say it had a signature sheet mask scent; or if it did, it was super faint because I didn't detect a fragrance from the mask. 

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@itsfi I love the idea of an ingredient that mimics the snake venom,,, fountain of youth, you say??? ☺️

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@lmaster, I don't know about it turning back the clock, but I did notice that eye area felt more firm. πŸ˜ Happy that it's a synthetic peptide and not real snake venom. I don't think I'm brave enough to try that.