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

Itโ€™s May, Hurray! ๐ŸŒธ We are almost 1/2-way through this yearโ€™s challenge๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ


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: โ€œFavorite Mask in Your Regular Routineโ€ - the lovely @itsfi would like to know - which mask do you buy in bulk, to always have on hand? 

Letter of the Week:  S

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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: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge - PART II

Oh nooooo!! I canโ€™t believe I sent you a bubble mask. Sorry @sonnydee. And it was a messy one, too. Ack! Why do I have this feeling that I didnโ€™t even know it was a bubble mask. I think another G is for โ€œGood grief, Fi!โ€ ๐Ÿ˜‚ Youโ€™re a good sport! Itโ€™s unlikely youโ€™ll be getting more bubbling masks from me as Iโ€™m not going to buy anymore bubble sheet masks (or well, that I know of - we both know Iโ€™m probably going to pick up some bubble sheet masks without reading the back to find out what it is. ๐Ÿ˜† 

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No worries ๐Ÿค—@itsfi i thought it was a mud mask. No where on here it mentions bubbles. I dont mind bubble masks. Spalife & TCS both make good ones that aren't as messy. 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge - PART II

Last bit of catch up from last week, with an apple theme. ๐Ÿ Sunday's V and E was for Vitamin E and as for multi-masking, I'm exercising some creative license here as I check off the multi-masking box with this one since it's technically a two-fer - it's a sheet mask and wash off mask in one! Woo-hoo! ๐Ÿ™Œ Thank you to the lovely @l8totheparty for sending this one my way! ๐Ÿค—

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Mask:by nature from New Zealand Apple Stem Cells + Vitamin E Rejuvenating Face Mask
ScentFresh, fruity, slightly tart green apples. Delicious!!! ๐Ÿ
Intended Purpose:Rejuvenating and nourishing
Key Ingredients Marketed:* Apple Stem Cells are said to improve skin's appearance, texture and elasticity

* Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps to prevent skin damage and premature skin aging.  

Other Notable Ingredients:* Aloe juice, hyaluronic acid, and lactic acid
* Added fragrance (last ingredient listed)

Performance & Results:Bright, glowy skin that puts a smile on my face!

Best Suited For:Any skin type, provided no allergies to any of the ingredients
Would I Repurchase?:Very likely, which is a big deal as this is a sheet mask that you wash off and I'm not typically fond of those types of masks. However, I really enjoy apple or apple stem cell-based sheet masks. They're not as prominent a skincare ingredient in sheet masks as others, but my experience has been that my skin really likes the results I get from them. I'm close to getting through my stash of masks from pre-2020 purchases so I likely won't be repurchasing any masks anytime soon as I want to get through those masks and also make my way through the ones I picked up this year (so that the volume doesn't get too out of hand).

Ingredients: from bynatureskincare (dot) com
Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tilia Cordata (Linden) Flower Water, Malus Domestica (Apple) Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Isomalt, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 20, PVP, Bisabolol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Lactic Acid, Carbomer, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Parfum (Fragrance), Tetrasodium EDTA


Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge - PART II

@itsfi I'm so glad you liked this one! It is a favourite of mine for bright refreshed skin. ๐Ÿ™‚ Cute photo, as always.

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Thank you so much for sending this one my way @l8totheparty! โ™ฅ๏ธ Apple stem cell masks are fantastic! ๐Ÿ 

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@itsfi I think By Nature recommends water-rinsing after all their sheet masks, which is kinda odd and makes me think that step's unnecessary. I looked up this specific mask's full ingredients list and don't see anything that requires a rinse. Sure, it contains lactic acid, but that's near the end of the list so I doubt there's anywhere near a high enough percentage to warrant neutralization with water. (Lactic acid's probably included for hydration, not exfoliation.) Huh. 


Now that I've seen the full list of what's in this mask, I know it's one I can safely try. My skin also likes a good apple extract or apple stem cell mask, so I'll add it to my list! 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge - PART II

@WinglessOne, most sheet masks Iโ€™ve seen or used that are made in Nee Zealand have included directions to wash off the serum. There was one sheet mask, I forget the brand, I donโ€™t recall it being this by nature one that I used and did not wash off (I didnโ€™t read the instructions beforehand ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ) and I ended up breaking out. Since that one, I donโ€™t experiment with not washing off the ones that call for it. That particular incident also motivated me to read the instructions first! Ha!

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge - PART II

@itsfi Interesting... I can see needing to rinse after sheet masking if the mask contains a surfactant, or contains a high amount of a particular ingredient you know your skin's not fond of. I've got some New Zealand masks (including some By Nature masks) and now I'm curious enough to cross-reference their ingredients and maybe look for any relevant NZ cosmetics laws. Might also ask By Nature directly about the wash-off step and why it's necessary. What the heck is in NZ masks that requires washing offโ€”and do I even wanna be pressing it into my face for 20+ minutes in the first place?This'll be a fun research topic for later. 


Reading instructions first is definitely a good lesson, though! Sorry it was hard learned. ๐Ÿ˜ž Once upon a long time ago, I left a product in my hair longer than called for in the instructions I didn't bother reading. I'm not sure my hair ever forgave me for that. Whenever I want it to do something it clearly doesn't want to, it's probably yelling "remember that one time you nearly killed me with [misused product]?!" ๐Ÿคฃ

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge - PART II

Oooh, Iโ€™ll be interested in your research findings @WinglessOne. Iโ€™m not sure if my reaction was due to the essence in the mask and another product I might have used on my face before or after the mask, or if my skin was just extra sensitive that particular day. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ My skin generally takes to most essences in sheet masks so I was surprised that it reacted as aggressively as it did. 

Ack, sorry about the hairtastrophe! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ I try  to not learn lessons the hard way but it inevitably happens and like you said, theyโ€™re the ones that are definitely engrained in my brain! ๐Ÿ˜‚  9 out of 10 times now, Iโ€™ll flip the packaging over in the store to see first if I need to wash off the essence (which is how I discovered that many New Zealand made brands have that particular detail) and if it does, I just skip the ingredients list altogether, place the mask back on the shelf and move on to another mask. ๐Ÿ˜† 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge - PART II

@itsfi Heh, the wash-off step is the main reason I haven't used any of my By Nature masks yet. I seem to have collected a few via GWP or friends. They're sitting around unused because my brain refuses to accept that wash-off requirement. Kinda wanna ask By Nature (and other New Zealand skincare brands) why they bothered going the sheet mask route anyway; why not just sell the mask serum in a bottle, tube, or packet like every other wash-off mask? Then I could apply just the serum, wear it in the shower, and rinse it off before I get out? Sure, I could try wearing a sheet mask in the shower but that's just wrong! ๐Ÿคฃ (I realize one needn't take a shower to use a wash-off mask, but that's usually how I use them.) 


Now that I'm thinking about it again, I'll treat the By Nature masks like typical wash-off masks. I'll squeeze the serum out of the sheet and apply just the serum to my face. And I'll let you know what (if anything) I learn after I start down this NZ mask rabbit hole! 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge - PART II

@WinglessOne, I feel like me + sheet masking in the shower would be an accident waiting to happen. I can just imagine at some point shampoo running close into my eyes and then me trying to fix that only to have shampoo and the sheet mask all over my face. ๐Ÿ˜ซ ๐Ÿ˜‚ 


Brilliant idea ๐Ÿ’ก to just make use of the serum. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge - PART II

@WinglessOne @itsfi I must say I've used this mask many times without washing it off, without consequences. I keep forgetting to wash it off! But I love the results. I don't recommend pairing this with another acid on the same day though- too much exfoliation! I learned that one the hard way. 

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@itsfi Happy to hear this turned out nice for you! I think this has been my most favorite wash off sheet mask, but like you, they're just not something I purposely seek out. ๐Ÿ

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Yeah @Shosh85, itโ€™s not intuitive for me to remember to wash off the serum from a sheet mask (bubble sheet masks are different) and history has proved that leads to breakouts when I forget to do so. 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge - PART II

@itsfi Nice masks.  Multipurpose!

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Thank you @tjffc! It's truly a rarity that I like sheet masks that you are supposed to wash off, but this is one of them. The results from this mask are great! ๐Ÿ

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge - PART II

Tonightโ€™s masking, โ€œVโ€ for Vargas and Venofye:


First, the Kosas Kosasport LipFuel Hyaluronic Lip Balm Pulse is minty and long-lasting for a balm. Plus I use it outside to protect my lips in that hot summer sun. Great balm and another likely repurchase.

The Joanna Vargas Exfoliating Mask is new to me and these are my first impressions.

Scent: yummy! Was not expecting that. On board. There is a deliciously subtle fruity-citrus scent to this. 

Texture: scrubbies are a bit harsh, albeit teensy-tiny. I had to apply this fairly thin clay-like mask carefully, so as to not rough up my skin too much. 

Appearance: looks like the untaggable Kiehlโ€™s Cranberry & Turmeric mask.

There is a golden sheen to it, which is very pretty. Rinsing was easy, I used a muslin cloth. The granules are rather rough, so I was very careful when removing them. My skin, especially the forehead area, looked brightened after using.


The Venofye Royal Honey Sheet Mask was a mask I looked forward to trying because it was from trusted mask aficionado @Shosh85 and also because of its crazy $$$ price tag. I am always curious if the amount paid reflects value received.

So first thoughts. The scent-I was not expecting heavy honey based on Shosh85โ€™s reviews, and true to her word_there was little to be noticed. Once it was on my face, I seemed to sense a bit of honey, but there wasnโ€™t enough there for me to say.

This is a medium weight sheet mask. The unfolding was extraordinarily frustration-free. The fit- perfect. Really, the best cotton mask fit Iโ€™ve tried. I left it on for nearly 30 minutes before it became noticeably dry under my nose. There was a tiny bit of serum for reapplying, which I used. My skin was just the slightest bit tacky, and appeared brighter after using-I donโ€™t think that was the goal, but it happened and I will take it ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š 


Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge - PART II

@eshoe like @emaisgr8 I had no idea about the crazy price tag! Or maybe I did but forgot. Thanks for that reminder. I enjoyed the mask too but there's no way I'm buying it with that price tag. ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

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An absolute treat to try, @ShortErica - but not necessarily to buy๐Ÿ˜‰

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@eshoe  I really liked the Venofye mask also.  I didn't realized the crazy price on it.

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@emaisgr8 I never would have tried it, if not for @Shosh85โ€˜s generosity! How fun, and it also makes me realize that most masks really should be in the $1-5 range. $50 is absurd๐Ÿ˜‚

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