Friday, May 29, 2015

Beauteque Mask Maven May 2015 Review

This is my second month getting Mask Maven, and it was kind of embarrassing how excited I was to get this in the mail. I have more sheet masks than I could possibly use yet I'm always looking for new and interesting ones to add to my list of favorites. I use all kinds of sheet masks because I find that my combination skin is always needing some kind of care whether it be oil control, moisturizing, acne care etc. I love that Beauteque's Mask Maven provides a wide variety of masks for that very reason. What makes them even better is that they don't only include sheet masks so you never know what you'll be getting each month!

What is Mask Maven?
Mask Maven is a monthly subscription service that sends you 9-11 masks each month. These masks range from sheet masks, hand and foot masks, hair masks, wash-off masks and more, although it seems that it's usually sheet mask-heavy. You receive a different variety of masks each month.

Subscription Details and Pricing
You can subscribe Month-to-Month, or prepay for a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription. You are billed on the 20th of each month if you subscribe for the month-to-month option. If you subscribe after the 10th of the month, you will have to wait until the following month to receive your bag. Bags are shipped starting on the 20th of each month, although they have shipped earlier occasionally.

 Month to Month:
$16 per month
3 months:
$16 per Month
 6 months:
$15 per month
12 months:
$14 per month

Shipping costs range from $3.95 to $9.95 depending on where you live. Beauteque currently ships Mask Maven to the following Areas: US, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore.
Nature Republic: Shea Butter Hand and Nature Moisture Hand Mask
I have a love affair with hand and foot masks like this because they are pretty much impossible to come by in the state. These are essentially plastic gloves that go over your hands and are filled with a mosturizing essence. It's amazing how soft and smooth my hands feel after I use these, and Nature Republic has a good reputation with me when it comes to these types of masks for the hands and feet. This particular one is loaded with moisturizing goodies like honey, shea butter and vitamin E, so I'm excited to give this one a try!

Etude House: Scrub Massage Yogurt in "Sugar Apple"
This product was featured in a past Beauteque bag, and I admittedly passed them on to a friend because I rarely use wash-off type masks. I have heard good things about this one though, so I think I might keep it and give it a try! This is a wash-off facial scrub that you essentially apply to clean skin, massage and then rinse off. I'm interested to see how this works. I don't normally use manual exfoliators on my skin but if this one feels gentle enough, I might give it a try!

It's Skin: Todak Todak Mask Pack in "Honey"
I absolutely love using honey skincare products, so while I normally pass on wash off face masks, I'm definitely keeping this one on hand. I have received a lot of these Todak Todak packs from Beauteque, and I have always passed them onto friends and family, so I think the Honey one is the perfect mask to keep for myself and test out. I've read a few reviews on this one and it apparently smells amazing, so I might have  hard time keeping myself from eating it! I loooove the smell/taste of honey!
My Beauty Diary: Apply Polyphenol Sheet Mask
My Beauty Diary masks are known for their affordability and quality for the price. They're some of my favorite masks because I can stock up on them and not break the bank, but they also show visible results, even if just temporarily sometimes.  I'm pretty sure I've used this particular mask before but I don't know for sure- there are so many MBD mask varieties! This one is used to soothe and moisturize the skin, however it also has oil control and pore contricting properties making it perfect for someone with combination skin like I have- yay!

Leaders: Pore-Scaling Black Aqua Sheet Mask
Leader's masks have always worked incredibly well for me, so I was really excited to see another one in this Month's Mask Maven. This is a black-colored sheet mask, which can be hilarious when you're wearing it- but they're actualy black since there is charcoal and volcanic ash in the ingredients. This mask is used to get rid of excess oil and dead skin while evening out the skin tone. This is one that is going to the front of my sheet mask lineup as I'm super curious to see how well it works for me!

Etude House: Honey Sheet Mask
These particular Etude House masks have never been favorites of mine, mostly because I find the fit to be pretty poor on my face in particular. They also include alcohol, which isn't a total deal-breaker for me necessarily, however there are plenty of other masks in this low price range that work just as well and that don't include alcohol, or include it in much smaller amounts. Having said that, I do happen to like this Honey mask in particular. I find it to be very soothing on my skin as well as moisturizing without making me look oily, so I'll be keeping/using this one!
Hanaka: Aloe Hyaluronic Acid Sheet Mask
Hanaka is a Taiwanese brand that has been featured in past Beauteque bags, although I have my reservations regarding their sheet masks. There was one mask I tried immediately after receiving it, and I ended up with a small breakout so I've been quite uneasy about them ever since. It could have been a fluke, but anything that is even the slight bit suspicious on my skin I tend to avoid. Having said that, I know a few ladies who have tried and enjoyed these masks, so use your best judgement with your skin! This mask is used to soothe, moisturize and even out the skintone. For those of us who prefer to keep our skin pale and even during the summer months, these kinds of masks are definitely needed!

Missha: Pomegranate Sheet Mask
I really love Missha. I swear some of my favorite skincare products are Missha branded, however there are few things I hate more than these sheet masks. I have tried them time and time again and I've never had good luck with them. This one in particular contains pomegranate extract and vitamin E along with some other skincare goodies, but I find that not only do these masks not fit my face very well, but they also tend to make my skin feel tingly in a bad way. I have no idea why only the Missha masks do this, but I feel like there are so many other masks out there that do great things for my skin, so i'll be passing this onto someone who does happen to enjoy them.

Humanpia Costech: Avocado Essence Mask
I believe this is a Japanese brand of sheet mask that is also on the low-end in regards to price. the ingredients list looks pretty good, although it's essentially a soothing, moisturizing mask which I have dozens of. "Soothing and Moisturizing" seem to be the default for sheet masks, it seems. Even so, these are great to have on hand when you go to the beach or if you've been out in the sun at a cookout all day! I actually used an aloe sheet mask after a cookout this weekend and it felt so amazing on my sun-irritated skin!
Overall Thoughts
 Mask Maven costs $16 per month (less if you pre-pay for a longer subscription) and the May bag contained 9 masks, making each mask cost under $2. While you can definitely get Korean sheet masks for less than that, $2-$3 is the average price from US-based stores, so I believe this is actually a great value. I really loved the variety of masks in this month's bag, but I especially appreciated the hand mask. I hope that since the summer has arrived they will also include a foot mask in a future bag, because whether it be a peeling or a moisturizing foot mask, I can not get enough of them! Since I walk around barefoot a lot in the Summer, those masks are in constant use for me during the warmer months. I also like that there was a mask pack, and massage scrub as well. While I do love sheet masks, it's nice to get a variety of products. I think what Mask Maven does so well is the variety of featured brands. I love seeing brands that I already love and recognize, but they also include new brands that I haven't heard of or haven't tried much from. It's hard to say completely how I feel about this subscription after only 2 months, but right now I feel like it is more than worth the money, especially if you use sheet masks as much as I do!

If you'd like to learn more about Mask Maven or sign up for yourself, you can do so HERE.

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