Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Beauteque Mask Maven: September 2015 Review

There was a time when I would buy a bundle of sheet masks with every single order I made from a kbeauty site. I just couldn't resist their unique packaging, low prices, and wide variety! It got to the point where I couldn't fit any more sheet masks in the huge drawer that I was keeping them in- so I decided to cut back on the amount I was buying on a whim, and stick to Mask Maven for a while while I worked on using up what I already had. I like that for most people, the amount of masks you get each month are enough to carry you until your next bag arrives. While I used to use a sheet mask every single night, it was more so that I could use them up quickly- however I noticed that my skin didn't love that and I tended to get breakouts more often. I've cut back to using them 2-3 times a week at most, and always use one specific to my skins current issues. I'm still struggling with the overload of sheet masks, but I'm working through them slowly!
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.
Face Q: Aloe Moisture Mask
 This is a Taiwanese brand that has popped up a few times here and there as I already have a couple in my mask collection. Taiwanese brands like this one and MBD tend to make really great masks, so I'm always down to try more! This one is a pretty standard Aloe mask though. It'll soothe your skin if it's irritated, but I don't find aloe to be as moisturizing as other people do. Having said that, I do use Aloe masks the most in the Winter to help with chapped or red skin after being out in the cold!

Annies Way: Mint Cooling Mask
This is another Taiwanese brand that has been getting some buzz lately from kbeauty bloggers. I myself haven't tried anything from this brand yet, so I'm excited to finally get to! Subscribers were given a random mask, and mine is the Mint Cooling variety. I'm really hoping it smells like mint! Annie's Way also makes their mask with a thinner material to ensure that more essence absorbs into the skin, so that's neat-o. I'd be interested in picking up more of these if I like the fit and the saturation of this one! 
Hanaka Hyaluronic Acid and Cactus Eye Patch
 Eye gels and I are like peanut butter and jelly. I love them. I use them every single morning without fail, and over time, they have diminished my dark circles enough where I don't have to apply concealer anymore, and the puffiness has reduces to almost none at all. I buy the larger "jars" of eye gels though- otherwise the cost would be out of control to use them daily! The single eye patches like this one tend to be much more expensive to purchase regularly, but I still like to try them out! This pair helps relieve irritation while soothing fragile skin around the eye. 

Hanaka Lip Patch in "Peach"
Ehhhh lip patches. I never turn away a lip patch, and I use every single one I've ever gotten in hopes of a miracle. I'm never really impressed by the results I get from them, though. My lips feel more moisturized for a short while, but not much else outside of that. They're still a fun thing to use every now and then, though! Subscribers received one of 3 scents- I got peach, which would have been my second choice, so I'm happy. I did use this last night and the results were as expected: the same as every other lip patch I've used. Bummer.
Baviphat Urban Dollkiss: Money Masks
Beauteque featured a wide variety of the Urban Dollkiss money masks this month, and since there are so many and they look quite similar, I thought I would write a quick description of each one rather than going into lots of rambling detail like I normally do.
There have been a lot of mixed feelings on these masks. Many people think that the fabric is too stiff and it doesn't stick to the face well, and others have said that there isn't enough essence and they don't stay moist for long enough. Honestly, I tried one for myself the other night, and while I don't think they're the best masks in the world or anything, I didn't think they were as awful as some people said they were. I have a silicone sheet mask cover that is placed on top of the mask to keep it from drying out too quickly, and if I use that, this stays wet for the 15-20 minute time frame that is necessary, so I don't have any complaints. It's possible the specific one I tried is a bit more soaked than the others? Who knows. Try them for yourself and see what you think!
Baviphat Urban Dollkiss Masks:
1. Swiss Franc Be Light Mask
This mask has several kinds of floral extracts which work together to brighten skin. It will also reduce the appearance of dark spots.

2. Korean Won Lifting Up Mask
Fight sagging skin and wrinkles while firming it with this mask. Four kinds of peptides and collagen work together to restore and keep skin firm and lively.

3. Japan Yen Revital Mask
Regenerate and revitalize your skin with this mask. It includes herbal extracts, aloe extracts, as well as althase rosea extract which helps soothe inflammation.

4. US Dollar Moistful Mask
Keep your skin hydrated and resilient with this mask's aloe and honey extracts. Snail secrete filtrate adds additional moisture and helps firm skin.

5. UK Pound Essential Mask
This mask has ginseng callus extracts which help increase elasticity and vitality while encouraging regeneraton abilities within the skin cells.

6. China RMB Clean Mask
Hyaluronic acid, fruit extracts, and vitamins work together to deep cleanse the skin and leave it moisturized.

7. Europe Euro Solution Mask
 Relieve the skin from daily stress and revive it with this mask. Centella Asiatica Extract heals and helps promote collagen production.
Overall Thoughts
Mask Maven costs $16 per month (less if you pre-pay for a longer subscription) and the September bag contained 9 sheet masks, 1 lip mask and 1 pair of under eye gels, making each item cost under $2. (around $1.45)
I have some mixed feelings about this month's bag, honestly. I'm not sure what the final verdict is. On one hand, you might look at this bag and think there's not much variety, but in past months there have been times where they only included sheet masks. This time, they've included a lip and eye mask. I also like that they included two Taiwanese brands this month. The questionable items here are the money masks. I think it's a little too much, personally. Sure they're fun, but I really would have liked to see more variety here than 7 masks from the same brand and same line. Especially the fact that there was a decent amount of people who weren't happy with these masks the first time they were sent out, I wonder how many people are unhappy with this month's offerings.
Having said that, my personal opinion is good overall- while I'm not head-over-heels for the money masks, I will certainly use them. The other masks included this month are all quality and there's good variety, so I can't complain overall!

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