Friday, November 27, 2015

Beauteque Mask Maven November 2015 Review

Alrighty, so I usually do a little chatty intro here about sheet masks and why I love them etc etc, but hey- gotta be honest here: I start school on Monday and I've been running around like a crazy girl prepping and making sure I'm (over) prepared. I wanted to get this review up as soon as possible, so let's skip the chattiness this time and get right to the goods, shall we?

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

I didn't receive any sort of info card with this bag (again...) so I am going off of any information I can find on the internet. Some of these had very little to go off of, so I apologize in advance!
Nature Republic: Avocado Real Nature Mask Sheet
This is one of NR's more standard masks and I think I've used this one quite a few times before. This uses avocado extract to moisturize and plump dehydrated skin.

Tonymoly: Pureness 100 Collagen Elasticity Mask Sheet
This Tonymoly mask is made with 100% cotton and is specialized to use collagen to give moisture to the skin while providing firmness and elasticity.

Tonymoly: I'm Real Broccoli Vitality Mask Sheet 
These I'm Real masks from Tonymoly have been making a comeback lately since they've been popping up in Sephora stores across the country. They have super cute packaging and a wide variety of types so they tend to sell really well. I happen to like them as well, my favorites being the Wine and the Lemon. This is the Broccoli variety, which I have tried before and it's safe to say it does NOT smell like broccoli, thank goodness! This one uses vitamins A and C to provide vitality to the skin while enhancing it's radiance. I don't feel like this is a mask that will fix a specific issue, but this is a good one to have when your skin just needs a little pick-me-up.
 3D Foodaholic Blueberry and Orange Natural Essence Masks
These fruity masks while made by the same company, have completely different uses. The Blueberry Mask helps maintain skins lustre and elasticity while providing moisture and vitality to the skin.  The Orange mask uses Vitamin C to provide a healthy glow to the skin while softening dead skin cells, brightening dull skin, lightening scars and dark spot all while evening skintone. Vitamin C is a beautiful thing!
NO:HJ: Healing Mask Packs in "Lustre" and "Anti-Pore"
This is a totally new brand to me to the extent that I literally have never seen these before. The only information I could find on these masks was on a Korean blog, and I was having a hell of a time trying to translate the hangul. I did eventually find the brand available on a few different Korean websites, including TesterKorea and Koreadepart, and it seems like they have quite the variety of masks! Lots of different styles to choose from and also many different price points. All I know is that this packaging is super pretty and unique! The packets are frosted, but still see-through, where you can see the sheet mask sitting inside. Each packet has 25g of essence inside and both masks have 24k flecks within the essence. Gold extract improves the skin penetration of other components in the mask by accelerating skin cell division.
Anti-Pore improves irritated skin by hydrating and softening. I contains essence from 30 kinds of natural extracts and provides intensive pore care. Lustre is used to brighten the skin, improve the tone and texture while helping skin maintain it's elasticity and firmness. 
Green Harmony Mask Packs in "Pear" and "Pumpkin"
These are apparently made by Ladykin, which I'm excited about! Ladykin is one of my favorite "lesser known" brands that I discovered years ago through Memebox, so I am happy to see them starting to appear in Beauteque's store and subscriptions as well! 
These are wash off mask packs and normally you would apply, leave on for your desired time and then rinse.  You can also apparently use these as a sleeping pack if you so desire or if your skin needs some serious moisturizing. I couldn't find too much information on these, although I found that the Pear variety is used to improve skin tone while the Pumpkin is for moisturizing and hydration.
Overall Thoughts
Mask Maven costs $16 per month (less if you pre-pay for a longer subscription) and the November bag contained 9 sheet masks,making each item cost under $2.
I was pretty happy with the masks this month! I really appreciated that there was a variety of familiar brands as well as new-to-me brands, especially. I sort of wish they would start sending the info cards again, though. This is the second month I haven't received one and it was quite a pain trying to figure out what each mask was used for, and I had an especially hard time finding any sort of information on some of the more unfamiliar masks/brands. Another thing I will say is that I wish Mask Maven was more consistent in terms of giving us a bigger variety of "masks." There are so much more than just sheet masks that could be included- there are eye patches, body patches, forehead patches, lip masks and masks for around the lip area, neck patches, clay masks, steam masks, hand and foot moisture masks, foot peeling masks, peel-off masks...I mean I could go on forever! I realize Mask Maven is essentially a sheet mask subscription, but I really think they would wow me if they started regularly including a bit more variety in terms of the types of masks they include. I love seeing new brands too- I hope they start including more small brands and less of the Tonymoly's and Etude House's. I do love those brands but I'm already so familiar with their products that I always hope for new things to try!

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

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