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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: Blind Pick Your Mask! @veronika23 gave us this weekโ€™s daring challenge. Thank you bringing a little suspense into masking, lovely!๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

Letter of the Week:  F

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

This mask had it all for me @Kim888 I didn't purchase this one, but I did find a set of 4 for $55 through nordstrom, so about $14 a mask with taxes, not too bad for a luxury brand

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

I meant to use these green tea masks over the last couple of weeks but other masks kept sneaking in ahead. ๐Ÿ˜‰ So I decided to finally give these some love and start off this week with them, with E as the letter of the week and rinse off masks and peels - great theme @keana1! Gotta give some love to the wash off masks! โค๏ธ The Face Shop sheet mask is one that can be used for daily masking making it an โ€œEโ€mask - "365" = every day. The Body Shop mask fits both this week's themes, as it's a wash off scrub, or put another way, an E is for exfoliating. 
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Sheet Mask:
The thin cotton mask of The Face Shop Herb Day 365 Master Blending Face Mask - Aloe & Green Tea is soaked and dripping in a clear, watery, aloe-lotion scented essence. This mask is similar in fit and adherence to most sheet masks in that, for me, the holes for the mouth and eyes are too narrow and require some adjustments for a more tailored fit and the mask is overly large length-wise at the chin and width-wise at the temples. These are not deal breakers for me and can be easily overlooked given the results I get with this mask - after half an hour of wear, my skin looks and feels moisturized and nourished, with a healthy, fresh-faced glow to my complexion. This is one I'd consider repurchasing; well, I will consider it after I've gone through just a little more of my mask stash. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Wash Off Mask:

The Body Shop Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask is a grassy, herbaceous scented, creamy, whipped, mousse-like, pale green clay mask that turns more clear as the mask dries down. I applied the mask with a brush but the creaminess of the mask is such that it should be easy to spread and apply with fingertips as well. There's a cool, tingling sensation immediately upon application, which I suspect is due to the menthol in the mask. 

There are some bits in the mask that become more noticeable when as I massage the mask into my skin in circular motions while rinsing off the mask. In that sense, the mask is a like a 2-in-1 - a clay mask and scrub. The bits are not harsh but I do use a gentle touch because it seems like it could be easy to over-scrub with this mask. I made sure to use an even gentler touch on the areas of my face that are more sensitive and to avoid any areas where I might have an open wound or be suffering from an active breakout (i.e., my right jawline). 
Once the mask is all rinsed off, my skin feels softer and smoother and my complexion looked brighter too. This is a nice mask-and-scrub in one, but it's probably not one I would repurchase, though I would consider trying it out again in the warmer months. It seems more suited for someone with oily skin as well as those with who do not have sensitive skin. 


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

@itsfi I've liked the few Face Shop masks I've tried so far and this sounds like one I should add to my list. Glad you enjoyed it! C๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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

Iโ€™ve been happy with most of The Face Shop masks Iโ€™ve tried @Shosh85. I havenโ€™t seen this particular line on the market (though to be fair, Iโ€™ve been on a sheet mask no buy and not really going out to shop) - Iโ€™m not sure if that means these are not yet in wide release or if they are scarce because they are being discontinued. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ 

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

@itsfi very interesting mask from the body shop, I would definitely try this one out if I had a sample

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

@lmaster, I picked this one up in a sampler set at Ulta. The set also included their rose mask, honey mask and an Himalayan charcoal mask. The concept of the sampler set with foils of their mask is great but I donโ€™t think TBS sells a mask sampler set anymore, which is a shame. ๐Ÿ™ 

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

Hmmm @itsfi, I thought the same thing as @Kim888; wish it was something other than Clay. Seems to be an over abundance of that type of mask, but maybe it is the most highly sought ๐Ÿค” It sounded pretty unique up until that point! 

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

@eshoe, TBS mask is a clearing mask so including clay or mud makes sense in that regard. It would have been interesting though if it wasnโ€™t clay based, though for a clearing mask the alternative might mean that it would be a chemical exfoliant based mask of some sort. My skin leans dry now so I limit my use of clay or mud based masks. I imagine those with oiler skin feel the same way about super hydrating or ultra moisturizing sheet masks as we may about clay based masks. 

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@itsfi the wash off mask sounds interesting - Iโ€™m always attracted to skincare that claims to deal with pollution. Disappointed to hear it was more like a clay mask 

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

Same here @Kim888! A lot of the anti-polluaging masks I've seen on the market are clay based. There are a small few that I've come across that are non-clay based masks. I need to look into the ingredients for those in more detail to see if there's anything in there my skin might not take kindly to. The Body Shop matcha mask was a good one; it did decongest but I'm not in need of more clay or mud masks at the moment. 


As for skincare aimed at pollution, have there been any brands/lines or specific products that have caught your attention? I was focused on working through my stash and finding a routine that worked for my maskne last year but now I can get back to a few items / brands I wanted to look into pre-covid. There seems to be a fair amount of serums that target pollution and my skin does love serums, so that should be fun to look into again.

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

@itsfi I've totally lusted after the Dr. strum and Dr. roebucks because they both have anti-pollution serums I find interesting but they are so price-y. 


The coola 360 sundrops say they help with blue light and pollution. I actually really liked the product, but found it went bad too quickly and I don't love the dropper as a dispensing tool. 

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

Completely with you on both Dr. Sturm and Dr. Roebuck's @Kim888! They are definitely pricey! Aurelia and Allies of Skin also have some skincare items that look interesting.

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

E is for Essential and the Purity Peel 

This was my first time trying out the Philosophy micro delivery peel. I got it in a set with their vitamin c peel which is one of my favorite masks. 
This claims to to detoxify for clean fresh skin. You apply the the 2nd layer on top of the first and it bubbles up and you then leave on for 3 minutes. 
The results were a bit Meh. I think this is an example of trying to do too many things. It didnโ€™t do as good of a job detoxifying as a clay mask and while my skin looked a bit brighter, not as bright as when I use the vitamin c option 

I also used the lala essential sheet mask. This was a very thin mask that definitely could have done with some kind of divider. It was well saturated and basically scentless. The fit was pretty nice 
overall I was happy with the results of this mask. My skin felt slightly cooler, hydrated, and totally non tacky. I would use it again 



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

@Kim888  I've wondered about that peel - good to know I'm not missing anything. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Glad to hear the sheet mask turned out great!

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

The sheet mask sounds lovely! @Kim888 

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

I havenโ€™t heard of that vitamin C peel, @Kim888; I will have to check that one out! Also added the Lala Chu to my to-do;)

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

@Kim888, I've always wondered about that Philosophy peel. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on it; I can pass on it now. Those are some great results from the sheet mask; white truffle sounds like such a luxe ingredient too!

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

Another number mask from last week:

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All the sheet masks in the Laneige Water Pocket Sheet Mask collection have a diamond pattern to them. These are the "water pockets" for which the mask is named and are geared towards helping the sheet to adhere to the skin, which it does very nicely and comfortably and are supposed to release the clear, runny, watery, light and fresh scented essence slowly. There's a lot of extra essence in this Laneige Water Pocket Sheet Mask - 1 Skin Relief; the essence is thin and drippy, so much so that much of it escaped when I removed the mask from its packet. Fit is similar to most masks, so for me, it was fine with some adjustments to the corners of the eyes, mouth and length at the chin. It's a smidge on the wide side as well but I didn't fuss over it - the strands of hair around my face received some extra hydration the other night. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The mask wore comfortably for the half hour I had it on and my skin looked and felt slightly more hydrated and plump. I used this mask a couple of days after the JiiNJU 5-setp mask that made me breakout and while I didn't notice any change in the little bumps I had on my forehead and nose bridge, I did see that some of the redness on my cheeks had been visibly reduced. 
Overall, this mask is alright; it does what I expect a sheet mask to do (i.e., hydrate) and this one does what it claims to, soothe/calm, though not in a major way. I wouldn't mind using this one again, but it's not one I'd necessarily seek out. Of the masks in this line, my preference is for Nos. 4 Water Bank or No. 5 Water Sleeping Mask, but it appears that preferences won't matter since it seems that these masks have been discontinued. Neither the Sephora site or the Laneige US or International sites have any listing for any of these masks. I did, however, find some on Selfridges and eBay. 

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

โ€œit appears that preferences won't matter since it seems that these masks have been discontinued.โ€


Story of a maskerโ€™s life, @itsfi๐Ÿ˜ข @lmaster @Shosh85 @Kim888 

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

@itsfi I remember these!! I think I tried a different version

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

@lmaster, do you remember the color of the mask packet? I know that there were a lot of us that liked either No. 4 or No. 5 - hydrating, moisturizing ... a dream for those of us with dry skin.

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