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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

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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: Masks that Make You Hungry ๐Ÿ˜‹Is it the scent..or the packaging? Which masks make you crave a yummy treat? It is no surprise that this weekโ€™s delicious theme is brought to you by none other than @itsfi! ๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿต

Letter of the Week:  U

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Mask of the Week Misc. Info & Previous Year's Links:

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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:

https://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Aware/2020-Mask-of-the-Week-Challenge-PART-1/m-p/4995162/h...

2019 Mask of the Week Challenge:

https://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Aware/2019-Mask-of-the-Week-Challenge/m-p/4497678/highligh...

2018 Mask of the Week Challenge:

https://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Aware/Mask-of-the-Week-Challenge/td-p/3615125   

 

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge - PART II

@Shosh85   Iโ€™ve been saying I need to shop my stash for years so this is a good thing.  I donโ€™t like that itโ€™s being forced but hey, maybe we can get the mask hoarding under control and perhaps halved by Christmas?  ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿ˜

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@heartsmyface, making a note to look for this mask after I get through some more masks and when the local boutiques reopen. Does your GR watermelon balm / scrub have a lot of scrubby granules in it? Mine seems more like a balm because it doesn't have much of the granules for any exfoliation.

 

Good to see you hearts! Hope you and the fam are doing well. Miss you! ๐Ÿค—

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@itsfi   Itโ€™s slightly gritty upon application but not to the point I feel any heavy exfoliation.  It hasnโ€™t replaced sugar scrubs or anything.  I think I might actually prefer it if they omitted the granules.  

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F is for Focus and Fresh Food 

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I tried out the Deeep Focus white action complex mask. This was a super interesting two part mask. There are two eye patches and then a normal sheet mask went overtop. The mask itself smells โ€œmaskyโ€, was generally a good fit, and was super creamy and well Saturated. The super interesting thing is that the eye patches dissolve! I wore the mask for about 20 minutes and the patches had fully dissolved at that point. So in terms of whitening/brightening, this is extremely impressive. I was really surprised at how visible the brightening was, especially under my eyes!! It is quite tacky though - itโ€™s still a bit tacky like an hour later. I would still definitely use it again. 

the fresh food one was meh imo. Fit was okay, a bit narrow. It was saturated well but it did have a sort of chemically scent - I was expecting a fruity scent given the packaging. It wasnโ€™t particularly plumping - I donโ€™t really feel it did anything 

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I laughed at the "masky" scent feedback and then I thought, is that good or bad, @Kim888? I love using eye gel patches underneath my sheet mask, especially when I morning mask, but it is so interesting that the eye patches in this mask dissolve!!! Interesting that your undereye area stayed tacky for so long.

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That's too bad about the Cranberry mask being more meh, @Kim888 but at least the Deep Focus sounds like it turned out well!

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@Kim888  Oooh, the Deeep Focus Mask sounds great! I've heard of dissolvable eye patches before, but haven't yet tried them! They sound interesting...and fun! I love that you described the scent as "masky" haha! It's not as good as fresh & fruity, but it could definitely be worse! 

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Dissolving eye patches is so interesting @Kim888 What will mask creators think of next?!

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Wish it had a fruity scent too @Kim888 chemical scents are not appealing

2020 Mask of the Week Challenge - PART II

The multi-masking theme is perfect for my mood right now. Last night I used the watermelon mask for the first time. Had kept it in the fridge before applying so it felt really nice on my skin. I just used a very thin layer to test this mask for my very sensitive skin. I'm on the fence about this mask. I have been using the Youth To The People Dream Mask for the last couple of weeks and love the results. This one felt very different. Didn't irritate my skin but just didn't have the same glow as YTTP mask and my skin felt a little dry. I will give the Glow Recipe a fair chance and use it again for the next few nights and probably use more product. Also avocado melt eye mask and Laneige lip mask to complete my overnight skincare masks. I also wore my foot mask overnight. Love the way my feet feel in the morning when I wear these overnight. Today I'm multi-masking for the fun of it. Pink clay mask (one of my favourite clay masks. My skin is so soft and zero redness after using), followed by a moisturizing mask, a freezing sheet mask and then an eye mask.

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Wow, those are a lot of masks, @ladyassassin!! I love those SC feet masks. That Caudalie mask is on my to try list. How do you find it?

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Wow, nice masking sessions, @ladyassassin! The Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask with Vitamin C 2 oz/ 59 mL is a favorite around here, and itโ€™s easy to understand why. Iโ€™ve tried the Glow Recipe Watermelon + AHA Glow Sleeping Mask 2.7 oz/ 80 mL and found that as much as I loved the scent, it didnโ€™t do much for my skin (sadly). My skin never feels dry with the YTTP, either.

 

 

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@ladyassassin ohhh that first set looks like it was probably the best smelling mask sesh!!

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@ladyassassin  Looks like a great line up! I agree, that YTTP Dream Mask is sooo good - it's definitely hard to beat!

It's been awhile since I tried that Freezing mask- how did you like it? Seems like the perfect mask for the summer! ๐Ÿ˜ƒโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘

The freezing mask is great. I always keep a few on hand a...

The freezing mask is great. I always keep a few on hand and leave in the fridge even though they already have that cooling effect without being in the fridge. They are nice for those hot summer days too!

Re: 2020 Mask of the Week Challenge - PART II

Multi-masking was the perfect theme to follow last night. Over the last 3 or 4 days, I was very lazy about skincare. Within that timeframe, I went 48 hours without washing my face at all, except for a quick wipe-down with a Koh Gen Do wipe one morning. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ I hadnโ€™t exfoliated in at least 4 days and Iโ€™d skipped 2 retinol nights. So, last night I was in full maintenance mode: 

 

4 of the 5 masks I used last night (yes, the lip scrub counts as a mask, at least the way I use it).4 of the 5 masks I used last night (yes, the lip scrub counts as a mask, at least the way I use it).

Quick notes on everything but the sheet mask: 

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  • SEPHORA COLLECTION Clean Lip Balm & Scrub Dragonfruit - applied it as a moisturizing + antioxidant lip mask, left it on during the oat mask (see next bullet), and rinse-wiped it off along with that mask. This new โ€œclean" version feels less waxy than the old "dirty" version, but also less scrubby. Not sure I like that tradeoff. I'll have to use this new version a few more times before deciding. 
  • The INKEY List Oat Cleansing Balm 5 oz/ 150 mL as an oat mask - Iโ€™ve reviewed this balm in this thread before. I used it last night to cut through all the oil on my face and help calm my skin, then left it on my face. 10 minutes later, I rubbed my usual PM cleanser (Paulaโ€™s Choice Hydralight) over this mask and rinsed everything off for happily soft and clean skin. 
  • The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution 1 oz/ 30 mL - this was my first time using it, though I had the unopened bottle in my Try It box for months. I went the full 10 minutes before rinsing it off. Thankfully, it didnโ€™t burn my face off like I feared it would. In fact, I think I heard my face say โ€œaaaah thank you, I so needed this peelโ€ after I rinsed it off. Will definitely keep this peel in once-a-week (or once every other week) rotation. It doesn't scare me anymore! 
  • A sheet mask - details on that in a bit. 
  • Drunk Elephant F-Balmโ„ข Electrolyte Waterfacial Mask 1.69 oz/ 50 mL (received as gratis from Sephora) - okay, technically I don't use this as a sleep mask. I occasionally use it as a moisturizer, and only during warm weather because it fails miserably in colder temps. Last night I figured it'd be a good fairly lightweight hydrating + moisturizing layer after my humectant sheet mask. 

The sheet mask was LuLuLun Hokkaido Premium Mask - Honey. Since I must limit my topical use of honey, this will likely be my only honey product for the week. 

 

I might need to hunt down more boxes of this mask.I might need to hunt down more boxes of this mask.

Sheet mask notes: 

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Claims: Hydrates, nourishes, and smooths skin; provides a fresh glow. 

 

Ingredients: Bees in Hokkaido made this maskโ€™s honey from linden flowers. Linden flower extract is full of antioxidants (specifically, flavonoids) and has water-binding properties. I donโ€™t know how much (if any) antioxidant goodness is lost during the conversion from nectar to bee spit, but we all know the skincare benefits of honey so, one way or another, this has to be a good thing. 

 

The back of this sleeve is written in Japanese, so I had to translate this ingredients list. Itโ€™s a refined mix of the Google Translate app (via photo scan on my iPhone), Chromeโ€™s translator (via LuLuLunโ€™s Japanese site), a bit of searching/checking to figure out a couple of obviously mistranslated words, and a fun bit of โ€œhow much Japanese do I even remember from 20 years ago?โ€ (Once upon a long time ago, I had conversant/advanced beginner proficiency in Japanese language.) Anyway, thatโ€™s why this list says โ€œtea leaf extractโ€ instead of a specific type of tea. ๐Ÿ˜„ I assume itโ€™s green tea but Iโ€™ll leave it generic. 

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Water, glycerin, propanediol, honey, gentian root extract, tea leaf extract, perilla leaf extract, glycyrrhizic acid 2K, xanthan gum, sodium citrate, citric acid, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, methylparaben, phenoxyethanol, fragrance, BG* 
*Included as additives for plant extracts. 

Performance: This mask uses LuLuLunโ€™s old style of sheet, with eyehole inner corner notches and tall nose slits. I can usually stretch this type of sheet enough to cover my whole jaw, and that worked great for this honey mask. The eyeholes were a bit smaller than Iโ€™d like but, thanks to the notches, no material overlapped my eyes so I did no trimming. 

 

The sheet was full of clear watery serum. I got a handful of extra serum from the sleeve, which I pressed over the sheet on my face and applied to my neck and chest. This mask has a light scent thatโ€™s surprisingly not the honey bomb I expected. It smells much more like linden flowers than honey. Since lindenโ€™s one of my favorite scents, I didnโ€™t mind it at all. My skin tingled a bit in a couple places under this mask, probably thanks to that 30% AHA peel I used earlier. 

 

I went 30 minutes with this mask and spent 4 minutes massaging and pressing residual serum. Then I wrung the still-wet sheet and got nearly a handful of additional serum. I patted and pressed 3 layers of that into my oily zone (on and around my nose), undereyes, and cheeksโ€”the places my skinโ€™s been very dehydrated lately, due to my skincare laziness. That took another 5-10 minutes. After all that, my dry finger test caused no pilling. I did have a lot of tack though, even in areas thatโ€™d only gotten one layer of serum. Thatโ€™s unsurprising since this is a honey mask. 

 

Results: Calm, plump, hydrated, and glowy skin. Seriously, this mask is a glow maker. My surface redness was greatly reduced, though not completely gone. All my forehead fine lines were nearly plumped away: I needed a 10x mirror to see them at all. My undereye lines were softened. Best of all, the angry flaky dry patches in my oily zone were gone and my nose actually looked hydrated instead of greasy-yet-dry. (Anyone with dehydrated oily skin knows what I mean.) 

 

I didnโ€™t rush for moisturizer, as I could feel my skin drawing moisture from the air. This is now the second honey mask thatโ€™s had the desired humectant effect on my skin, rather than let the air leach moisture from my skin. (The other one is the Abib Mild Acidic pH Sheet Mask - Honey Fit.) After a few minutes, I misted my face, neck, and chest with cica water toner and then applied Drunk Elephant F-Balm as a moisturizer. 

 

This mask comes one to a sleeve, 5 sleeves to a box. I donโ€™t think itโ€™s available anymore but LLL might bring it back again, I dunno. Meanwhile, I wish Iโ€™d bought more than one box whenever I ordered theseโ€ฆ Iโ€™m not sure how long ago that was. Iโ€™ll have to save a couple to use this fall, and at least one for winter. 

 

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Oooh, I hope this mask is brought back, @WinglessOne!! It sounds amazing!! 

 

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Iโ€™m very curious how well the lip scrub will do over time, @WinglessOne. I have the โ€˜dirtyโ€™ version and it seemed like it went rancid after only a few months. 

Besides just how good the mask sounds, I love the compact packaging. It just seems mindful๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

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@WinglessOne Oh darn! It's a bummer these aren't available because it sounds wonderful! I always love the packaging on these. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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@Shosh85  I just checked YesStyle and they have them! Hooray! They still have a few other LLL travel series varieties, too. 

 

LuLuLun released a cherry (sakura) premium mask this spring and I can't find it anywhereโ€”well, for a reasonable priceโ€”and I need to stop searching for it, because that only leads to buying all the other masks I find during my search. ๐Ÿคฃ

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That LuLuLun mask sounds absolutely delightful, @WinglessOne ! Enjoy the rest of them ๐Ÿ˜Š

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