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

๐ŸชดHappy April ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’ Masking Mavens!๐Ÿชด


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: Targeted Skin Concern - Got maskne ๐Ÿ˜ท or other skin issues? Tell us which mask works to address your specific skincare needs! Thank you @PrettyPaint for this much-needed challenge/theme!

Letter of the Week:  P

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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:   


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

Lots of masking here @haleyvvvv! ๐Ÿ˜€ For the PTR masks, do you have a mini beauty spatula that you can repurpose from another product, to use to scoop out the product? I save mine from cleansers or eye creams for that purpose. Too bad the bubble-T sheet masks didn't have a scent - I love how their shower gels smell. Loooove the steam eye masks. I keep a couple on my nightstand. 

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So much masking!! 


@itsfi , I've used both a spatula and a brush. For the hydrating one, it's just getting a little older I think, and with the tub, it just kinda crumbles, as opposed to thr a tube where it is smoothed out as it gets squeezed out, I think. For the pumpkin mask, it's a mess when I wash it off, a brush works well to apply. 


I've booked marked where to get these masks when I finish all of the steam masks I have. These ones are real winners!! 

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

The PTR masks can be a pain to wash off @haleyvvvv. I use the same approach as @missjeanie for those types of wash off mask and rinse off in the shower. Yeah, the hydrating one would definitely benefit from being in tube form. Many wash off masks could benefit from that packaging. Maybe a repackaging will be in the works. ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ 

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I love your mask compilations @haleyvvvv!

The innisfree looks like a great set (congrats!)  for someone with different skin needs than dry ones, it seems! There seems to be an over abundance of clay/detox and exfoliating masks, that is for sure. It also seems like acids and enzymes are going into everything, so it is easy to over do it unintentionally ๐Ÿ˜ฅ 


Also...I think I have that Huxley mask, good to know ahead of time!!! Boo to migraines, hope your month is better.

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

@eshoe, the Innisfree mask works as a spot treatment for all skin types except perhaps those with sensitive skin. Iโ€™ve found the Innisfree green tea hydrating serum in the set works nicely for dry skin types, as does the Innisfree orchid moisturizer in the set, though the latter is more heavily fragranced if that is a concern. @haleyvvvv 

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

Good to know about the innisfree, @itsfi! I am filing a mental note to try the serum at some point. Their volcano mask is so good.

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

@eshoe, if you are interested in trying out the Innisfree green tea serum after your no-buy, both Sephora and Innisfree (direct) usually have foil samples of the serum you can add to your cart with a purchase.

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

Thank you, @eshoe!! I'm still testing out the other products, but the mask definitely isn't super recommended for dry skin. 


Acids and enzymes in everything!! I guess it'll mean I use less steps? Although like, my 10+ step routine is a great way to get through my product backlog ๐Ÿ˜…


The Huxley is so lovely, it'll be such a nice, luxe experience when you use!! 


One (or now two) migraines over a month isn't so bad. Thank you!! 

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I am with you on the multi-step routine, @haleyvvvv. Itโ€™s soothing. If I get to a point where it becomes cumbersome, then it will be time to reevaluate. But you bring up a really good point. there are so many products now that are appealing, but I shouldnโ€™t even try, much less buy, with a 10-step routine. Even if everything is gentle enough to use daily (on its own) it all adds up quickly. Just thinking about...

  • enzyme cleaner
  • Glowy toner (thx to acids)
  • acidic serums
  • acidic sleeping mask

No wonder dry skin can get so angry so fast! This is such a good reminder to either lighten up the routine, or minimize the aggravation to the skin barrier:)

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

@haleyvvvv  So much masking! I feel ya about the AHA's - I've made some mistakes with some products before ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

The JayJun masks are nice - they really do smell great! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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So much masking!!


I'm sorry to hear, @Shosh85!! I think we all have an experience with too much AHAs. 


Yes, they do often have a great scent!!

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

@haleyvvvv  First: I love the mask assortment you've run through! I'm glad to hear the Innisfree clay mask isn't drying. I haven't tried that one but I have a sample on deck to test. 


Next: I have many thoughts about AHAs being in all of the things: 

I also like to control when I use AHA, and it usually ticks me off to see specifically glycolic acid in a product not marketed as an exfoliant. It's so easy to over-exfoliate with glycolic acid. Lactic acid I can kinda understand being in so many products as a hydrator, since its molecule size is bigger than glycolic acid's. But even then, I don't like to use lactic acid too frequently. Eh, citric acid has such a big molecule, I never worry when I see it in ingredients lists; that one's usually included for hydration or pH adjustment. 

But glycolic and lactic acids (in non-exfoliant products) always set off my INCI alarmโ€”especially when they're in retinol products. I'm a firm believer in layering AHA and retinol if 1) you've built up your skin's tolerance for it, 2) you use the right-for-you strength of both products, and 3) you don't do it more than a couple times a week. I wouldn't use a retinol serum that contains glycolic or lactic acid more than twice a week, so I'd never be able to ramp up retinol use to nightly, or even every other night. I worry about folks who might not realize they can over-exfoliate with a retinol+AHA product. 

I wish the FDA would mandate AHA % labeling on all cosmetic products. Any product containing any AHA should have to display the % of each contained AHA on its label. Then at least folks would get some sense of how much AHA they're applying when they layer products. 

Also: ugh, whenever someone says sensitive skin = dry skin, I wonder what they'd think of my combo skin's oily zone being the second most sensitive area of my face. ๐Ÿ™„ Whenever I have a bad reaction to something I applied on my whole face, the visible signs always show up first and worst on and around my nose, so... yeah. And it's irresponsible of PTR to recommend or imply that folks with dry and/or sensitive skin should load up on AHAs. ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ

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

Thank you, @WinglessOne!! I'll be curious as to your thoughts on the Innisfree mask when you try. 


Yesss, your thoughts about AHAs!! ๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ‘

Yes, glycolic acid is definitely the most when it comes to this, but even lactic acid or citric acid on some skin can be overloaded (depending on concentration, form, etc obvi). Usually citric acid is so low, for the pH, that I don't mind, as well.

Omg, the active combinations of AHAs and other actives drives me up the wall. OLEHENRIKSEN bakuchiol products have this and it is so annoying. 

Yes, yes, yes, absolutely regulatory agencies should mandate the concentration of AHAs. 

Just to be fair to PTR, it was OLE who said it ๐Ÿ˜†.

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

@haleyvvvv  Haha, I must've got my acronyms/abbreviations (PTR vs OLE) mixed up. ๐Ÿคฃ Alright Peter, you're off the hook. But shame on you, Ole! 



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

lol @haleyvvvv I love the PTR pumpkin mask.  I feel like the sweet pie scent gives me a smell (I wanted to say taste ewwww) of dessert even if I'm trying to avoid them.  I tend to do my wash off masks right before I hop in the shower so I rinse off in there.  I could totally see how it would be messy otherwise. 


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

I mean, it gets everywhere on me, I'm probably getting a taste, @missjeanie. Showering it off does seem much easier. 

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

@haleyvvvv we might be the unpopular opinion ๐Ÿ˜† but I can't stand the ptr pumpkin either

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

Nope, nope, you are not the only ones @lmaster @haleyvvvv. Pumpkin scent literally makes me nauseous. Fall is a long period of โ€˜Hurry up, Christmas!โ€ because anything pumpkin ๐Ÿ˜

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

@eshoe well,,, I like the scent of pumpkin, I just didn't like this ptr mask ๐Ÿ˜† I'm so so sorry you don't like pumpkin scents

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

Haha, @lmaster, it's just not for me (or you!), and that's okay, I can see the appeal for others. I will get through it eventually!

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

I is for Italy, the birthplace of prosecco, tiramisu, gelato and Kiko Milano, my Indulgences (another I, yes!!) earlier this evening in celebration of the end of my February no-buy! (I'll celebrate pretty much anything! lol!) Woo hoo!

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I couldn't decide whether I wanted to have tiramisu or gelato with my prosecco. Turns out the gelato shop near me had tiramisu gelato. I know!! ๐Ÿ˜ I, too, took that as a sign that it was meant to be. Hahaha! Where, you ask, is the tiramisu gelato? Ummm.... ๐Ÿ˜‹
Thank you to @Sunnysmom for inspiring this Italian theme. ๐Ÿค—
Kiko Milano Konscious Vegan Face Mask 
Material: Soft, medium-thick, cotton mask
Essence: Unscented, slightly viscous, liquid essence. Consistency is a bit more viscous than an essence but not as syrupy as a serum.
Fit: Standard fit - width is slightly too wide at temples; length is too long at chin/jawline and a smidge too short at forehead. Adjustments needed at corners of eyes and mouth for a better fit.
Adherence: Very good. A few air pockets but they were easily smoothed out. Material clung nicely to the skin, felt comfortable on.
Claims: Brightening and perfecting. I'm not entirely sure what is meant by the  "perfecting" claim.
Performance & Results: Mask feels cool going on and that cooling remains well after the mask is removed. Skin feels soft. I wouldn't say the mask perfects the skin, nor does it blur imperfections. It does give a natural looking glow to the skin that creates a lovely, soft radiance that comes through any makeup that follows the mask.
Overall Thoughts: This would make a great primer mask. The radiance that this mask imparts comes through beautifully underneath makeup. 
(from kikocosmetics (dot) com):
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