Thursday, December 31, 2015

Snack Fever: Korean Snacking Made Simple December 2015 Review and Unboxing

Snack Fever has very quickly become a must-have in my life. I have always subscribed to snack boxes, only to quickly become tired of the selection or just bored of what they offer in general. I take a lunch to work every day of the week, and I'm always looking for new and interesting snacks to bring along. Plus, the kids I work with love to test out all the snacks with me! I feel like every month I get this box I'm discovering new things I love, and that's what makes it so worth it for me! As if I didn't love enough about Korean culture, they've now got me hooked on their snacks!
The Deets
Snack Fever is a snack subscription based out of L.A. that sends you a box full of really unique and interesting Korean snacks. They don't stop at cookies and chips though- they send soups, ramyun, drinks, candy and more! 

Box Options and Prices
Snack Fever offers 2 different sized boxes: 

The Original Box ($20 or less)
10+ Snacks in Every Box (there were 14 this month!)
Mini Box ( $12 or less)
5+ Snacks in Every Box

Snack Fever also offers 3 and 6 month pre-paid subscription plans that are discounted, so the more you buy in advance, the more you save!

Shipping
Snack Fever offers free shipping to all 50 US States and Puerto Rico. Snack Fever will happily ship outside of these areas for an additional fee. 
Snack Fever also includes a color photo info card that gives you a description of each snack so you're not going in totally blind...unless you want to! It's fun to do it that way sometimes!
I apologize in advance, during the crazy Christmas hustle and bustle I somehow misplaced the info card for this box and I can't seem to find a review of the December box that I can snag the names of these snacks from- so I'm going to try my best to explain what they are without having a name!
 Paido Kokomen Spicy Chicken Ramen
Snack Fever has been really great at including a new and different Ramen in every box. I know a lot of people immediately say to me, "ugh ramen? That stuff is so bad for you!" But guess what? There's so many ways to eat ramen, and it's no better or worse than a can of soup or bowl of pasta! In many cases, I top my Ramen with lots of healthy veggies! A little tip- I make my ramen exactly the way they say to on the package and then let the noodles sit in the broth for a minute or two. Then...I completely drain the broth. Yup. All of it. Because that's where all the sodium is! I toss the noodles into a bowl and sometimes I add sriracha or a dash of a different type of sauce. Then I top it with slices of egg, avocado, green onions, mushrooms, peppers...whatever you can possibly think of! It's such a versatile food that gets a bad reputation!

Honey Tong Tong Chips
Since Honey-flavored snacks are absolutely huge in Korea right now, we've been getting a heaping helping of them in Snack Fever boxes. These ones are triangular potato chips that are puffed. They have pretty much the same flavor as every other honey chip I've tried. Not bad- but really sweet so I can't eat a lot of them at once. I suppose that's a good thing, though!
 Snack Fever didn't include just one of these flaky apple pastries, but three! I thought these were so stinkin' delicious! They're made of a flaky puff pastry and have an apple filling placed on top. They're relatively small- I'd say each "bar" has 2-3 bites, but they are so good you're going to have to stop yourself from eating them all at once!

I don't really eat candy unless it's chocolate, so these were given to my fiance. I know they were fruit flavored, but I can't say much more than that on them, unfortunately!
 Poteau Cheese Cracker
Another item that Snack Fever gave us 2 of! These are essentially Ritz cracker sandwiches. The only difference is that the cheese inside these is lighter and fluffier. I actually kind of prefer these to Ritz, but there's nothing really special about them, unfortunately.

Premium Ghana Cocoa Butter Pie
I could hug every single person at Snack Fever for including 2 of these in the box this month. This is sort of like a moon pie or the "choco pies" that you might be familar with except with something slightly different. The "marshmallow" interior layer is actually chocolate-flavored, and the chocolate on the outside is made with real cocoa butter. It's light, but decadent at the same time. It took everything in me not to eat both of them in one sitting. I was about to fail, so I gave my roommate the other one and told him to eat it as quickly as he could and save me from it's chocolatey goodness.
 Cheese and Choco-Pick
I don't know what the obsession with cheese and chocolate is, but this is not the first time I've seen this combination. Nothing about that sounds appealing to me. The idea behind these is that they are cheese cracker sticks (sort of like Pocky sticks) and there is white and milk chocolate cups inside that you can dip them in. Think of it as make-your-own-pocky. Luckily, the "cheese" sticks have the same kind of flavor as plain pocky or pepero does. These were actually better than I expected!

Crunch Crunch Pear Juice
I like pears, but I find their flavor is a little on the bland side so I never thought of what pear juice would taste like. This is a little can, which is perfect for me to toss in my lunch bag. This juice tastes very natural in the sense that it's not overly sweet at all. It's an extremely mild pear flavor- almost like pear flavored water. I really liked it, but if you're someone who likes a strong flavor this one might not be for you.
 The green box contained one of my favorite snacks in the box. These are basically little bite sized cookie/crackers that are filled with a solid chocolate. It almost tasted like cereal! These were super addicting and I liked them enough to keep an eye out for them next time I'm at H Mart!

Finally, we have a pretty generous box of belgian waffles. There are two packages in this box and each package had a few waffles inside. These were thick and had a bit of a honey flavor. Very delicious and satisfying!
Overall Thoughts
Compared to the October box, this things was JAM packed with snacks! Seriously there are 15 separate treats here and a variety of 10 different products and I only paid $19 for this box (I have a 3 month sub so I save $1 on each box.) 
There has yet to be a month where I am disappointed with Snack Fever. They always pack their boxes to the absolute brim. It's to the point where I can never fit everything back IN the box once I've taken it out. They don't skimp at all and always make sure to include more than one of something if it's possible. It makes it really easy to share this with friends, a spouse or with kids. I love how much fun it is to test everything out every month! Another fantastic box!

If you want to sign up for Snack Fever, I would love it if you'd use my referral link HERE.
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All thoughts and opinions in this blog post are genuine and belong to Harlot Beauty. No monetary compensation was received, although goods and/or services may have been provided and accepted for purpose of review. Post may contain affiliate or referral links.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Empties Update! December 2015

 Hey guys! This is going to be one of the speediest Empties Updates that I've done- not because I don't want to give you the whole scoop on these products, but because I desperately want to get this finished and posted before the end of December! I already have more empties piling up in the box under my bed and want to make sure this gets posted soon! The holidays have made my schedule so packed that it's always hard to get all my December reviews up on time, but I am so close to being caught up- with 2 days left in the month! Whew!

Since this is a smaller Empties Update than usual, I didn't really number the products, although I did separate them into categories: Hair and Body and then Skincare. I will try my best to go from left to right in the photos in terms of review order! 

Hair & Body
 Aussie Mega Hairspray
I used to just pass these travel sized hairsprays down to my mom or my sisters because I have a favorite one that I use regularly and if it's not a mini version of my favorite, I usually don't use it. (I love the classic Tresemme Hairspray btw!) However lately I've decided to keep the small sprays and put on in my purse for emergency touch ups as well as one on my vanity for a "finishing" spray once my hair is done. This one was semi-decent as a finishing spray. I don't think it has enough natural hold for me to use all over my hair regularly, but it did the job I needed it for. Nothing special here, unfortunately.

Ojon Leave-In Treatment
I loooove the scent of this product. I have seen Ojon product dozens of times but this was my first time testing one out, myself. I wonder if all their products have the same scent. If they do, I'm seriously interested in buying more. It has an earthy, yet fresh scent to it that smells so good in my hair-I ended up spraying way more of this than I actually needed! I don't think this transformed my hair into anything amazing, but it definitely helped de-tangle and protected my hair from heat styling. Ojon is usually a little on the pricey side but if I ever see this on sale I might pick it up again!

Palan Cryscense Organic Hair Essence
This was a popular product from the Memebox days that I had sitting around for longer than I'd like to admit. I finally decided to start buying less and begin to use the products I already had, so when I ran out of some of my favorite hair products, instead of restocking I pulled out some stuff I had in storage. This was one of those products. I know a lot of people raved about this brand and this line in general, but I have to say I used the entire large container of this essence (which is really more like a light cream consistency) and I didn't think it did a damn thing for my hair. It didn't have a nice scent (kind of boring and mild) and it didn't fix my split ends or make my hair healthier or shinier. It just...existed. I can't explain it. It didn't do anything terrible to my hair but I didn't feel any difference after using it, unfortunately.

Missha Sebum Control Hair Treatment
While this is considered a hair "treatment" I simply used it as a regular conditioner. I found the scent to be a little off-putting. Something like...pencil shavings and old-school hair salon shampoo. Really odd. Regardless, I actually ended up liking the results from using this product more than I expected to. I don't think it's something I would repurchase due to the scent alone, but it was light enough to not weigh down my hair, but also strong enough to really smooth out some frizzies and split ends as well. If you see it on sale I would definitely pick it up if you need some care for damaged tresses.

Dove Purely Pampering Body Wash in Pistachio and Magnolia
This has become my all-time favorite body wash. I remember seeing this scent in the store and thinking, 'ew pistachio-scented? NO thanks." But then I realized that I love almond scented things, and maybe pistachio wouldn't be so bad! I don't like heavy floral scents either, so I was reluctant to even take a sniff. I gotta tell you, it's one of the freshest scents! It's slightly fruity in it's own way, a little bit floral and something a little gourmand. I can't put my finger on this scent, but it's incredibly unique and makes my skin smell so clean and feminine. Dove's body wash formula is unbeatable in my opinion, and it always makes my skin feel super soft!

Tonymoly Panda's Dream Whitening Hand Cream
If you need a really thick, luxurious and moisturizing hand cream for the Winter months, get this one! This is more than just ridiculously adorable packaging. This hand cream is extremely rich and creamy. It has a floral scent but it's not super offensive or perfumed. You really only need a small amount of this because it's so rich. It spreads pretty easily and actually absorbs relatively quickly for how thick it is. My hands not only stayed moisturized all night into late the following morning, but I also noticed that the skin on my hands looked more even-toned and uniform. I have dozens of hand creams in my stash that I have to use up, but I will definitely repurchase this one again in the future.

Lather AHA Evening Primrose Hand Creme
I use hand cream like my life depended on it, especially in the colder months. This hand cream comes in a massive jar and will absolutely last you a long time. I cannot recall how long I was using this before it finally ran out. I love the idea of an AHA hand cream because I love AHA/BHA's. This cream has a nice consistency- not too thick, but not too thin. My only small complain is the scent. While it's "evening primrose," I didn't think it had a super floral scent. My fiance said it reminded him of "floral-y fruitloops" which is kind of the closet thing I can think of to describe it. I loved the long-term results of this hand cream so much that I've bookmarked it on Amazon for when I can buy more creams. It's not as thick as the Panda hand cream, but it's amazing for Summer and for using throughout the day!

Dove Advanced Care Deodorant
I wasn't going to include this in the review but hey- it's an empty right? Usually my deodorant tubes look a hot mess by the time I'm done with them so I don't always photograph them for the Empties Update, but this one was small enough that it didn't have time to get coated in a layer of white deodorant film. I really like Dove deodorants in general, but I wasn't entirely sure what the difference was between this one and any other I've tried. I feel like they market their deodorants all differently and they all vary in price, but in the end...it's all the same damn deodorant with a different scent. This one didn't do anything better/worse than the other Dove deodorants I have tried, so I wouldn't spend the extra money on this one.
Skincare
Skinfactory Wow Wonder Cream
I'm a fan of Skinfactory anyway, but this was one of my favorite creams from them! The one that was included in my Empties last month had little flecks of gold in it that I wasn't a fan of, otherwise it was fantastic. Interestingly, this one doesn't have the gold flecks, and it has a much more workable consistency. While it is a cream, I would classify it as more like a gel. It has a light citrusy scent and it blends/absorbs into my skin like a dream. My only issue with this is that it seems like I used it up so quickly! I would love to get my hands on more of this, although it's not very common for stores (even Korean ones!) to carry this brand. Bummer!

Missha Intensive First Treatment Essence
You've heard the rave reviews about this essence by now if you're a kbeauty lover. Rose Rose Shop had a sale on this a while back so I scooped it to try it for myself since it's normally a bit too expensive for my liking. This isn't a typical "essence" but it's used as a booster- applied to your skin immediately after cleansing. Here's the thing: I didn't notice it doing ANYTHING. I felt that moisture was being put back into my skin after I cleansed and used this, but I think that's where it ended. I believe that most boosters do that anyway and don't cost nearly as much, so I can't say that I will be jumping on the Missha First Treatment Essence bandwagon any time soon. Although if you already have this in your stash, I would say go ahead and use it. It didn't break me out or irritate my skin in any way, it just wasn't that exciting.

The Face Shop Blemish Zero Toner
After Mizon discontinued my all-time favorite toner in the universe, I've been slowly working through my toners to see if I can find one that even comes close to comparing to it. I actually found a couple so far that I do like quite a bit, although they still aren't as good as my old favorite. This one might be as close to what I'm looking for as I'm going to get. Firstly, there's no alcohol in this toner so if you're worried about that, I've got you covered! It has natural AHA/BHA included and worked to clarify your skin while beating back acne. It's relatively inexpensive and comes in a large bottle so it lasts a long time. I actually plan on purchasing this again in the future if what is left in my toner stash doesn't blow me away. I had the best results using this toner than any other so far.

SNP Birds Nest Eye Patch
Arra Top Face Caviar Gold Eye Patch
I put these together because most of the under eye hydro gels I have tried do essentially the same thing. These happen to be two of my favorites. Firstly, they're inexpensive when purchased through Rose Rose Shop. (around $5 per jar of 30 pairs). I use these every single morning as part of my wake up routine, so I need them to not only be quality, but inexpensive since I use one jar a month on average. The birds nest patches are incredibly cooling and are great at depuffing my eyes that didn't get enough sleep. The Gold/Caviar variety are good at brightening and moisturizing my eye area while also staving off fine lines. Both have their benefits, and I had a good experience with both. My only complaint with most eye gels is that they are way too soaked with essence. I find that in order to get them to stay in place under my eye, I have to squeegee them with my fingers before applying. That can get kind of annoying, but it's worth it for the long-term results of using under eye hydro gels regularly. I find I have less dark circles, less puffiness, fewer fine lines and more of an even tone. I can't live without these!

Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule
This is another one of those products that you have probably heard everyone raving about at some point. I also picked this up at a really great price from Rose Rose Shop so I could see what all the fuss was about. I've got to say, this is hands down the best ampoule/serum I've ever used on my face. I know it's expensive. I don't care that it's expensive. I will keep buying it for as long as it's in production. I have a lot of serums in my "stash" so I have yet to repurchase this, but I'm at a point now where I just want to get rid of all the serums I have laying around and exclusively use this one. It has such a soft, silky consistency and slides onto my face easily. The scent isn't offensive, but it's a little strange. Like nail polish and grape soda? I can't explain it at all but it's something like that! Aside from the scent, I found this ampoule made my skin feel incredibly soft, brightened and evened out my skin tone and never broke me out. In fact, my skin was as clear as it has ever been while I was using this ampoule, and conveniently began breaking out again shortly after I ran out. I'm sold on this one, guys. Love it. Must have it.

Tonymoly Panda's Dream Eye Stick
I did a mini review on this product when I first got it and I thought it was pretty good. I can't say that it changed my life or worked wonders, but it was a nice little travel-friendly product to apply to your under eyes when they were feeling a little tired or dry. The cooling sensation was nice and I felt that it did pretty good in terms of keeping my skin moisturized. However after only a month of owning this product, I stopped using it for a few days. When  I popped the cap open to use it again, the stick had seemingly shriveled up and fell right out of the holder. There was more than half of it still left, so imagine my disappointment when it was no longer usable. I won't be buying this product again, that's for sure!

Dr. Jart Dermaclear Cleansing Water
I got this as a sample in one of my Birchboxes a while back and finally made myself use it. Here's the thing: I love cleansing waters. I'm obsessed with them to the point where I bought way more than I could ever need. However, this cleansing water is overpriced and unremarkable. It cleansed my face just fine. It has a mild, unoffensive scent. But that's it. The higher price isn't warranted because it works as well as my inexpensive cleansing waters. There are no ingredients in this product that would constitute a higher price, either. *shrug* I'm not impressed. 

Lorac Porefection Face Primer
I'm a huge fan of the Lorac Eye Primer and I think it's the best high-end eye primer on the market. I figured that the face primer would also be great- but not so much. I find that this primer is almost identical to Smashbox Photo Finish in terms of consistency and how it feels when it's applied, although I think that's where the comparisons end. This one wasn't necessarily awful, but as a high end primer I expect way more. This felt a bit like a drugstore brand in terms of wear time and how evenly it applied to my skin. It filled in my pores a decent amount, although not as much as I would like. 
Even though that was a smaller Empties Update, it still felt like a ton of products! Wow! I'm shocked at how much I've been using up though. I almost want to take all the "final" photos from the Empties Updates I've done this year and make a collage so I can see all the stuff I've used. Maybe I wouldn't want to see that though- I might start crying at the thought of how many products I actually use on a regular basis...*shudder.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this update, and keep an eye out for another one in the near future! I can't keep up!

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All thoughts and opinions in this blog post are genuine and belong to Harlot Beauty. No monetary compensation was received, although goods and/or services may have been provided and accepted for purpose of review. Post may contain affiliate or referral links.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Walmart Beauty Box: Winter 2015 Review and Unboxing

 Another season has begun, which means it's time for another Walmart Beauty Box! I'm not going to lie here- these aren't the most well-curated boxes, and sometimes they're just downright disappointing. Having said that, they only come 4 times a year and cost $5 each. So while I'm not always jumping for joy at the contents in these boxes, I think it's worth the $20 a year to get some fun surprises in the mail every now and then. We all know Walmart isn't known for their high end or interesting products, but they do carry a lot of useful basics and tried and true brands. I don't get out to the drugstore makeup/beauty aisles very often so I like to use this box as a way to try some things that may have come out recently that I haven't heard of or tried yet.
 The Walmart Beauty Box is actually "free", except they charge $5 for shipping. So really, I like to look at it as $5 per box since most subscriptions don't charge for shipping. Rather than releasing boxes every month, the Walmart Beauty Box is released once per season, or 4 times a year. Everything included in the box will obviously be available for purchase at Walmart, so I wouldn't expect any high end brands in here.  
The Walmart Beauty Boxes tend to have a slight variety regarding their contents. I believe I've only seen 2 variations for the Fall box. No one knows for sure which boxes go to which people, however it's speculated that the boxes are sent out based on how old the subscriber is: a "younger" box and an "older" one. 
 Nirvana Spa: Exotically Creamy Coconut Rich Body Butter
I love a super thick body butter in the Winter! I love it even more when said body butter is scented with coconut and/or almond, so this is a home run product for me! It's nothing super special, really, but It's a decent sized jar for traveling or keeping on your night stand. The scent is mild but noticeable and the consistency is thick like you would expect from a body butter. It does smooth on the skin nicely and absorbs well considering how thick it is. I'll definitely use this up.

Goody Slideproof Elastics
I swear Goody has been popping up in almost every single Target Beauty Box and now here they are in the Walmart box. It's not like most of us can't use hair elastics, but as someone who doesn't put their hair up very often I find these piling up in my drawer faster than I can actually use them. These ones are actually really interesting though- they have tiny little silicone "teeth" on one side to help them grab onto the hair and stay in place but won't snag on the hair when you do decide to pull it out. These are interesting enough where I'm fine with getting them, but honestly Goody needs to take a break from being in these boxes or everyone is going to have so many elastics that they're never going to need to buy them!
 Pure Silk: Rich and Luxurious Shave Cream in "Raspberry Mist"
Pure Silk just reminds me of the 80's. Were they even around in the 80s? I'm not sure- but something about the brand and their promotions, packaging etc just makes me think they're a little old fashioned. Regardless, shave cream is shave cream, and I love having these little travel sizes for when I go away somewhere overnight. 

Pantene Hairspray
As popular and well-known as Pantene is and as much as I've tried from them, I've actually never tried their hairspray. I'm a die-hard Tresseme hairspray fan and I have rarely ventured out from using it. However I really love having purse-sized hairsprays so I will definitely toss this one in my bag and see how well it works in comparison to Tresseme.
 Neutrogena: Healthy Skin Boosters Facial Cleanser
Honestly, I'm 99% sure I got this exact same sample in one of the Walmart boxes earlier this year. Repeat samples are a huge pet peeve of mine, and when it's coming from a company as huge as Walmart, I feel like there is no excuse. I can imagine they must have access to so many samples from a huge amount of brands- there's no reason why they should keep sending the same thing. I'm very picky with my cleansers though, so even if this is amazing I probably won't be trying it.

Dial: 7 Day Moisturizing Lotion
Since the Walmart Beauty Box doesn't come with an info card, I really don't know all the details on this lotion, but I like that it claims it will keep skin soft for up to 7 days. My lotion that I currently use claims to keep skin moisturized for 24 hours (and it does) so I'm interested to compare this one to my current one and see if it does keep my skin moisturized for longer. I can't imagine it would last 7 days, but maybe 3-4? If so, I would love to pick up more of this so I wouldn't have to lotion twice a day!
 As always, there are some foil packet samples included as well. This time, we have a shampoo and conditioner from Ken Paves, some Centrum vitamints, tone perfecting cream from Olay and a scent from Jennifer Aniston. I don't really use foil packet samples that often unless they are BB creams, so I'll probably send these on to my mom and sisters, but I do think they're a nice addition to the box as some little bonus items. Unfortunately, some people ended up with a box filled with foil packets and very few deluxe samples this month, which is a bummer.
  Overall Thoughts
The Fall Walmart Beauty Box contained 10 products from 10 different brands. 6 were deluxe samples, and 4 were foil packet samples. For $5 shipped, I think that's a fantastic deal. Here's the problem with this box: they don't send the same thing to everyone. It's usually a similar variation, however the Winter box seemed to have a very uneven variety. Some people only received 2 deluxe samples and a ton of foil packets, while others like myself got much more. It's fine if they choose to vary the boxes by demographic, but I don't see how any of these products would only appeal to people in their 20's-30's. I think the older demographic also would be able to use and enjoy all of these items. I think from what I've seen, most of the "younger" boxes tend to have better products in them (and this time around, there was more product in general) so if you're going to sign up for this subscription, I highly suggest you consider making your age younger when you sign up. Unfortunately, they do occasionally include some really great anti-aging products in the "old lady" boxes, which I'm always bummed about missing- but I think overall the younger boxes have a better value.

The next box coming out will be the Winter edition, and will be shipping sometime in December.
If you're interested in signing up for the Walmart Beauty Box, you can do so HERE.
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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Kloverbox: December 2015 Review and Unboxing (Plus Coupon Code!)

I wasn't able to review the November Kloverbox, so it feels like it's been forever since I've been able to gush about this awesome subscription! Over the past year, I've been trying to switch to healthier, safer products in my home. From skincare to household cleaners- it's been a slow, long-term goal of mine to live a healthier lifestyle in all aspects. However, I promised myself I wouldn't switch out everything all at once, nor would I simply use a product that doesn't work as well just because it's chemical free. I think it's important to experiment and try different things until you find something that fits with your lifestyle and preferences. Over the year, I've found some really fantastic products that I have made a part of my regular routine- some things I haven't found "greener" replacements for yet, but that's why Kloverbox is so great for me! Every month I get to try new and interesting products as well as familiarize myself with organic and/or eco-friendly brands. Little by little, Kloverbox is helping me get rid of all the chemicals and junk products from my life!

What is Kloverbox?
Kloverbox is a lifestyle subscription box that sends 4 or more natural and organic products for you to fall in love with each month. This isn't a beauty subscription. Kloverbox sends products from all categories: beauty, health, food and home products, so you can incorporate more natural products into every aspect of your life!

How Does It Work?
On the Kloverbox site, you can choose a 1, 3 or 6 month subscription. The one month and 3 month subscriptions automatically renew, which means you will be billed again once that cycle is over (monthly, or every 3 months.) The 6 month subscription is a one-time purchase; Meaning you will not be billed again once the 6 month subscription is over. This is a great option to gift to friends and family because you won't have to remember to cancel the subscription. The longer the subscription you choose, the more of a discount you get, which is also awesome!
Another really great thing about Kloverbox is that they usually include a coupon code on the information card for each product for that month. So if you really fall in love with something from your box, you'll be able to get more at a fantastic discount. 

How Much?
  A month-to-month subscription to Kloverbox is $25 per box.
 3 month subscription is $71.25 ($23.75 per box) 
6 month subscription is $135 ($22.50) per box. 
Shipping is free and fast! 
 
COUPON!
You can save even more money by using the code "HB10" at checkout to save 10% off! This code can be used on any length subscription.

Harvey Prince: "Hello" Tall Spray Perfume ($28)
I'm pretty familiar with Harvey Prince scents because they have been heavily featured in Birchbox for a long while now. I really like the story behind Harvey Prince, because they're a company that started small and worked their way up. The company was started by two brothers who wanted to make the perfect perfume as a Mother's Day gift for their mom. While doing so, they started to realize that boutique fragrances didn't have to be overpriced, or filled with toxic chemicals. Their perfume "Ageless" is what came from that exploration, and Harvey Prince was born! They create fragrances that are high quality, Eco-conscious, cruelty free, vegan and safe to use for pregnant women. The particular scent that was included in this months box is called, "Hello" and it's definitely a fun and vibrant scent. I have sampled this scent many times in the past through Birchbox and I believe Boxycharm, and while I actually do like the scent notes, I think that this particular perfume is best in the Spring and Summer due to it's fruity overtones. The notes are Lemon, grapefruit, mandarin, forsynthia, plumeria, verbena, tahitian vanilla and musk. It is extremely fruit-heavy at first, but the dry down is definitely more of a light, floral musk. It's lovely!

Balanced Guru: Soothe Me Body Oil ($19.99)
 I was first introduced to Balanced Guru through an Ipsy bag from years back. I really loved the product I sampled (a body lotion) and I've always been interested in trying more from them. Not only are their products really affordable, but they have a huge variety! Balanced Guru is cruelty free and sustainable, while only using ingredients and materials that are safe for bodies and the environment. Their ingredients are certified organic, cultivated through sustainable harvesting and are great for your skin. What's even better: their jars and bottles are made form 100% recycled and recyclable post-consumer resin. Even their labels and shipping materials are 100% recycled and biodegradable as well as free of harmful chemicals and toxins. This product is their organic body oil which can be used on all types of skin to moisturize and soothe. It doesn't leave a greasy residue and absorbs quickly. It contains a blend of olive, avocado and jojoba oils with arnica extract and encapsulated shiitake mushrooms and goji berries. It has a similar scent to the other product I've tried from Balanced Guru- which is generally a light fruity, almost citrus-y scent. I am super excited to add this into my evening routine because I absolutely love using body oils in the Winter!

Dermadeli: Calm Chamomile Exfoliating Scrub ($21)
Ok seriously though- what is better than a really good exfoliating scrub during the colder months? This one is from Dermadeli, which is a new brand to me. The company was started by a mom who wanted to help her daughter improve her complexion and skin health. It was discovered that pumpkin seed serum has a natural and gentle ability to hydrate the skin along with many other amazing benefits. When blending this magic serum with other natural ingredients- it helped change her daughter's life. They soon perfected a line of skincare solutions that included this solution, and Dermadeli was born! They not only have a line of products for women, but men as well! This particular product is a dry scrub that soothes the skin and buffs away dead skin gently. You simply mix the scrub with a little water and rub it in the palms of your hands to create a creamy lather that cleanses and exfoliates. I used to feel a little iffy about dry scrubs because I thought they were more work than a regular "wet" scrub, but I love that I'm sort of able to mix my own preferred consistency with a dry scrub. I've been using them for awhile now and I'm so thrilled to have this big ol' jar to keep my skin soft and silky!

Kiss Me Honey: Organic Mint Lip Balm ($4.99)
Kiss Me Honey is specifically a lip balm company based out of Las Vegas. They do not contain any chemicals, pesticides, additives or synthetic ingredients, and contain fewer ingredients overall than those sold in stores. They're organic, cruelty-free and eco-friendly! The lip balms they sell are made with organic beeswax, organic coconut oil and unrefined shea butter, vitamin E, grapefruit seed extract, organic sweet almond oil and organic peppermint essential oil for the mint flavor. They carry a variety of different flavors and variety packs on their website. I'm really excited to try this lip balm out for a long-term period because I'm always looking for something to replace my favorite balm, Lypsyl. It's not super easy to find, and I would love to have some alternatives so I can mix it up a little bit! 

Overall Thoughts
Kloverbox costs $25 per month (less when you purchase a longer subscription!) and the December box has a total value of almost $74, which is almost 3 times the cost of the box! I thought this was a fantastic box with month with really great curation. Everything, aside from the perfume scent is perfect for caring for your skin during the colder months! Even though the perfume is something I would personally use in Spring or Summer, I will still use it- I just think I would have preferred one of their more "warm" scents like Yogini. Regardless, I'm really pleased with the value of this box and the variety of products. Since we recently received an all-lifestyle box a couple of months ago, I'm totally fine with getting an "all beauty/skincare" box. I admit I am hoping for some candles popping up soon! Can I put in a formal request for a candle in every box? I can't be the only candle-crazy person out there, right? ;)


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Top 10 K-Pop Albums of 2015!

As many of you may (or may not!) know, I am not only a huge fan of Korean beauty, but also Korean music! While I do listen to a lot of solo artists and Korean indie, sadly there weren't many full albums or even mini albums released this year by the smaller/lesser known artists that I love. 
I'm making this list for fun, because 2015 has been such a big year in KPop, and because I would love to keep track of my favorites every year! I would also love it if maybe through this post I might help you find some of your new favorites songs- who knows, right?

So let's get right into my top 10!
 I've chosen either the single, or my favorite song off the album to showcase and give an overall idea of what the album sounds like, what the concept is etc!

10. Day 6- The Day
Day 6 is a rookie group under JYP Entertainment that made their debut in September, so I honestly wasn't expecting their first mini album to be on my top 10. I was really surprised and impressed by their musical talent right out of the gate. Different from the rest of my top 10, Day 6 is actually a band not just a group. They play their own instruments, take part in the song writing and production process, and are undeniably talented vocally. Another thing that impressed me about them, is that they won't perform on any weekly music show where they are not allowed to perform live. They have simply stated that they're not interested in performing with MR backing tracks, which I'm pretty sure is unheard of in Korean Pop music. While they are a "band" by definition, this album is filled with moody synths (the song, "Colors") , upbeat, punchy pop melodies (the song, Freely Free) as well as your classic rock songs like the single, "Congratulations." I absolutely love their versatility and felt like they really deserved a spot on my top 10!

"Congratulations" MV


9. SEVENTEEN- Boys Be
Seventeen is yet another rookie group gracing my list this year. They're signed to Pledis Entertainment, and while they officially debuted in May of this year, the members had been a part of a TV program broadcasting their trainee days since 2013.  The ages of the 13 guys (yes, 13) in Seventeen range from 16 to 20, and I was almost positive their music was going to fall into the "too childish for me" category. Oh, how wrong I was. Here's what is so amazing about Seventeen: Despite their young ages, these guys not only write and produce a lot of their songs, but they also help with choreography, styling and concept development for their performances. For a rookie group to be so involved in the process is rare, and something I'm always drawn to when I find it.
 Their first mini album "17 Carat" was actually really impressive, however I did hear a few hiccups in terms of the rapping abilities as well as the overall production and song choices where as an album, it wouldn't have made it here on the top 10. Surprisingly, Seventeen made yet another comeback with the album, "Boys Be" in September, and it immediately became one of my most-listened to albums of the year. There are 5 songs on this album, and they range from upbeat dance pop (Mansae), to gentle ballads (When I Grow Up), all the way to and EDM/Trap style vibe with the song "OMG"- it's just full of charisma and a lot of fun. It's one of those albums I wish came out in the Summer because it has that perfect vibe for blasting in the car with the windows rolled down.

Also, let me just mention that they are one of the best dance groups in the game right now, and that's really impressive for rookies. You can see what I mean in the Mansae video!

"Mansae" MV


8. VIXX- Chained Up
VIXX is a group that I slept on for a long time. I casually listened to some of their songs, but I didn't really take notice of them until the middle of this year. Signed to Jellyfish Entertainment, VIXX usually has albums filled with dark, concept rich songs and music videos, sexy choreography and really, really impressive vocals. While they may not be one of my all-time favorite groups, I can honestly say that the vocalists in VIXX are some of the most talented in any KPop group right now. Part of the reason I'm so drawn to their music is how unique the tones are to their voices and how buttery-smooth they all seem to blend together. VIXX made a comeback in November, so I have to say that it's pretty damn good if it came out this late in the year and made my top 10. The vibe, while continuing the "dark" sound they usually have ("Chained Up"), also has some upbeat pop songs ("λΆ€μ‹œμ‹œ") as well as some slower more mature tracks ("Hot Enough.") I don't hear VIXX doing nearly enough sexy, slower tracks, but teasing us with their ability to do them flawlessly on this album has just left me wanting way more from them.

Also, while this is the single, I want to mention that my fiance really likes this song- which is why I chose it to feature here! :)

"Chained Up" MV


7. SHINee- Odd/ Married to the Music
SHINee is a long-running, well respected group nowadays, so it's no wonder that their comeback this year was absolutely flawless. Since they're on SM Entertainment, the album "Odd" was repackaged with 4 additional songs and called, "Married to the Music." Interestingly, my 2 favorite songs from the album came on the repackage: "Married to the Music" and "Chocolate." The album as a whole has a really fantastic vibe that was perfect for the Summer when it came out. While SHINee's well-known ballads and moody slow songs were peppered throughout, this album was absolutely filled with big band horns, heavy thumping beats, catchy pop hooks, and throwbacks to so many eras I don't even know where to begin,  they somehow managed to make the entire album cohesive and as always: incredibly vocally impressive. Not only did the original album give me some amazing dance tunes for my Summer playlist, the repackage gave me a visually interesting music video as well as some quirkly synth-driven bonus tracks that I absolutely love.

SHINee: Married to the Music MV


6. IU- Chat-shire

  IU is not only the lone solo artist on my Top 10 this year, she's also the only female. Now don't get me wrong, I love female vocalists and there's lots of girl groups I'm really into, but none of them really made comebacks this year that blew me away, and the female rookie groups that I've been taking notice of in 2015 still have a ways to go in terms of developing their talent and overall image. IU is a very well known and incredibly popular singer/songwriter in Korea signed to Loen Tree, however it wasn't until this year that I finally started listening to her. When I decided to listen to the single "23" from her album Chat-shire, I was immediately hooked and needed more. It's very rare for me to say this about a female artist, but there is not a single bad song on this album. My personal favorites are the single, "23" and "Red Queen" which features one of my favorite vocalists, Zion.T. I find the overall theme and vibe of this album to be very whimsical and dream-like. IU's vocals are powerful, but she tends to stay in a breathy, lighter-pitched vocal register which seems to work well for this style of music. I find that all of her songs (even from old albums) have an interesting production that makes them sound almost timeless- as if they could have been released in the 60's, or in 2040. The concepts of this album raised a few eyebrows and it became the topic of a lot of controversy this year, but I personally think that IU's songwriting is genius and she deserves a spot on this list.

"23" MV



5. GOT7- Just Right/ MAD
GOT7 is a rookie group under JYP Entertainment, although their official debut was last year. Over the course of 2015 they have slowly but surely become one of my favorites due to their insane vocal talent, amazing personalities and truly impressive choreography. Also, their visuals are top notch. I can't even deny that they're all ridiculously good-looking so it's not hard to enjoy their music videos! More importantly though, their sound is finally starting to find it's own unique voice, and it's really exciting to watch. Yes, GOT7 released 2 mini albums this year and I have them both listed under the #5 spot. It's not because I'm trying to cheat the system here- it's because I found the mini album "Just Right" more cohesive and enjoyable overall in terms of song quality, but my favorite GOT7 song released this year was actually from their second Mini album of 2015, "Mad." The first mini album, "Just Right" has a very fun and upbeat sound conceptually featuring everything from carnival-esque backing tracks to synth-driven brooding power pop. "Just Right" had one hit song after another. Honestly there isn't a "filler" song in the bunch, and that is something I'm always looking out for. While I liked their second mini album "Mad" just a little bit less, it was mostly because it had more rap on it than I typically like from GOT7. While I enjoy the vocal tone of Jackson and Mark's rapping and how it contrasts to JB and Junior's vocals, I found the hip-hop heavy songs a bit jarring within the mix and it threw off the flow of the album for me. Regardless, the best song they've released this year is "If You Do." I think it shows a really obvious growth maturity to their vocals and concept styl. To me, it shows where GOT7 is headed as they get older and continue to hone their skills and style. 

Check out the absolutely amazing choreography and detailed footwork in the chorus of this video! 

"If You Do" MV


4. B1A4- Sweet Girl
 When it comes to overall discographies, I think that B1A4 is one of my all-time favorite groups. I came to like them really quickly because of my best friend's enthusiasm for them. While they're quite popular in Korea, they still have yet to build a huge fan base internationally, which is why they're not mentioned or praised as often as their sometimes less-deserving peers. Not only do B1A4 write their own songs and help with production and concept, but they have such a special and unique style that almost sounds in some ways, more mature than other groups currently promoting. 'Sweet Girl' was their only release this year, however it was an album that left a really intense impression on me. I remember describing it to a friend like this: "It sounds like the soundtrack to a really beautiful life-long romance." The songs on this album are refreshing yet complex, and they carry a level of musicality that can't be compared to any other group right now. Sandeul's vocals in particular are simply mind-blowing, and he has been considered by professional vocal analysts as one of the most talented vocalists in Korea. Jinyoung's song-writing abilities perfectly showcase each members talents, and the genuine closeness of the members is almost palpable upon listening to their music. While this may not be their most ambitious album to date, it's one of the most cohesive and conceptual, and one that loudly stood out from the crowd this year despite it's quiet nature overall.

"Sweet Girl" MV


3. MONSTA X- Rush/ Trespass
MONSTA X is yet another rookie group that debuted in May of this year after the members participated in a televised competition to become a part of the group called "No Mercy." It was a really popular show which built them a fanbase in advance, and it also showed just how incredibly talented these guys are due to the stiff competition. Even though they're just babies in the KPop world, both of their mini albums that were released in 2015 were uniquely excellent. Their debut album, "Trespass" featured a perfect mix of hard-hitting rap and body rolling slow jams that makes for a beautiful blend of R&B and hip hop- which is really the sound MONSTA X does best. Their label, Starship Entertainment has done a fantastic job promoting them and giving them endless opportunities to shine in multiple music videos and dance practices, of which they have proven to be (along with Seventeen) rookies to watch out for in terms of their hard-hitting, perfectly in-sync choreography. When they came back again this year with "Rush" I was blown away even more by their ability to blend really intricate musicality with contrasting rapping and smooth-as-silk vocals. I love that IM and Jooheon both have very different rapping styles, and it makes for some really complex and varied tones in their songs. I'm really excited to see what these guys bring out in 2016!

"Rush" MV
 

2. BTS- The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Pt 1/ Pt 2
 Now that we're in the top 2, I'm going to have to try really, really hard not to ramble. BTS is one of those groups that is constantly underrated in terms of their talent. I have gotten a lot of eye-rolls for saying this, but I firmly believe they are following in BigBang's footsteps in terms of their talent and history. They come from a small company (BigHit Entertainment) they somehow gained a large following (especially internationally) with little fanfare and big promotion that many larger labels are capable of. They write and produce much of their own music, are regularly releasing mixtapes of their solo work, and are already doing headlining international tours. Their talent is absolutely limitless, and even though they debuted less than 3 years ago, they've already blazed a trail for themselves and grown leaps and bounds over the course of their career. As a huge fan of BTS, I have witnessed their albums start with endless potential, and slowly grow to some of the most impressive music being released in Korea. "The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Pt 1." brought a new style to their sound, mixing trap beats, horns, breathy vocals, heavy-hitting raps and absolutely insane choreography. This was absolutely my album of the Summer and there isn't a bad song in the bunch. 
They very recently came back with 'The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Pt 2" and I felt that since it's a continuation of the first album that they should be placed together here in the #2 spot. "Pt 2" is probably the most interesting and complex album I've heard all year. BTS branches out from their signature style with 'Butterfly' with it's sweeping vocals and almost ethereal and gentle sound, it shows such a maturity and growth in their song writing and production abilities. While the other songs on the album all have their strong points (my favorite happens to be the song "Dead Leaves"- highly recommended!) I think the most complex, fantastic and accessible song on the album is the single, "Run." This song manages to mix trap-style beats, Beach Boys-style melodies, 80's drum hits, hip hop influences and a pop/r&b overtone with absolute precision- something I never in a million years thought would be possible. This song just has it all and it's all so subtle that you almost don't notice it, which is truly the mark of genius when it comes to song writing and mixing in the production room. The album is not only cohesive and awesomely enough- a concept album, but it's incredibly unique from it's peers. 

"Run" MV


1. EXO- Exodus/ Love Me Right
If you know anything about me, you probably already knew what album was going to take the top spot this year. Exodus is that album that took me from "casual KPop listener" to completely and utterly obsessed with Korean pop music. EXO is one of those groups that, while coming from the biggest Entertainment company in the country (SM), still manages to have a unique and valuable take on Korean pop music. "Exodus" is only EXO's 2nd full length studio album, but they have somehow managed to become the most popular and talked-about group in all of South Korea (aside from BigBang, of course.) In just a few short years since their debut, they went from having a pretty straight-forward sound that hadn't quite found it's voice yet, to showing the world what they have to offer- which is stunningly powerful vocals, intensely delivered choreography, and truly unbeatable visuals. EXO has broken one record after another, not only by selling over a million physical copies of both their studio albums (something that hadn't been done for 12 years in Korea) but breaking international records with their single, "Call Me Baby" and charting all over the world. 

"Exodus" has a beautiful flow, and even though it features hard-hitting songs like "Transformer," it also slows things down with some beautiful ballads like "My Answer." What is showing clearly throughout this album though, is what sets EXO apart from the other powerhouse groups on their label: R&B. While their singles tend to be more pop-driven, the rest of this album is R&B through and through. Songs like "Playboy" and "Lady Luck" manage to provide a contrast in terms of tempo and musicality, however they both provide a similar style that proves EXO's songs are not only some of the most well-written in the business, but that EXO themselves are capable of delivering with such intensity and talent that it almost seems effortless.
"Exodus" was released in March and repackaged in June as "Love Me Right." The second single brought more of an upbeat dance-feel, and the added songs followed suit. The only exception being the song "Promise," which was written and composed by Lay, Chen and Chanyeol as a tribute to the 3 members they had lost in the past year as well as to their fans. It's an incredibly sad song that regardless of whether or not you understand the lyrics, has an undeniable melancholy feel that really hits the heart strings. Taking "Promise" and the added upbeat dance songs and blending them into the sexy, r&b tone of "Exodus" didn't seem like it would work at first, but it somehow added yet another layer to the album as a whole, and further displayed the versatility and outstanding talents of the members. It's obvious when you listen to this album why they are as popular as they are, and I look forward to watching them grow and mature even more as artists in 2016.




NOTABLE SONGS
Some songs were released this year by some amazing artists, however they weren't a part of a larger album, or the album itself wasn't my favorite but the song was outstanding. Since this is a Top 10 Albums list, I wasn't able to include them, but I felt they were too good to not mention!
Phantom- "Could You Be Mine?"
Truly one of my favorite songs of 2015 right here.

 Jay Park: "Solo"
Jay has been focusing on his hip hop a lot lately, but nothing beats his R&B tracks, in my opinion.

Crush & Zion.T: "Just"
Two of the best R&B vocalists in Korea collaborating= Literal Perfection.

24K: Superfly
This song is so lit that it's going to ruin your life.

IKON: Apology
One of the most emotionally intense songs I've heard this year. Freakin' Superb.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Beauteque Mask Maven December 2015 Review

Ahh Mask Maven. Before I was getting this subscription every month, I was adding at least a dozen sheet masks to every single order I made from any Korean Beauty website. Under $1? Add it to the cart. On sale? Throw a couple in, why not? I just couldn't avoid getting them since they're relatively inexpensive and fun to have a variety of on hand. However I started noticing with time that I had hundreds of sheet masks and there was just no way I would be able to use them all. I even tried using one every single day- although that just ended up causing me to break out. Since Mask Maven came into my life, I tend to only buy masks that I need to restock on because I'm a fan, or a new release that is especially unique or interesting. Other than that, my mask stash is replenished by this subscription. I think Mask Maven always has an interesting variety and they do a great job including lots of brands- even some I've never heard of!

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.

December's Theme: Bit of Everything
We are proud to present you with a little bit of everything this month! Face masks, a hand masks and masks for every kind of skin need are here. Soothe skin, fight blemishes and aging, brighten and energize with this assortment of beneficial beauty goodies. As always, we've got you covered! 
 Tonymoly: "I'm Real" Sheet Masks in "Rice" and "Lemon"
I got the lemon version of this mask in my 3B bag this month as well. I'm fine with that though because this is actually a mask I've repurchased a few times. It does a great job evening and brightening my skin tone while also balancing oil while keeping the skin moisturized. The Rice mask also brightens, but also removes dulling buildup on the skin to reveal more clear, clean skin.

Scinic: My Juicy Bottle Mask in "Aqua"
I hadn't heard about this brand before I started seeing their products on the Beauteque site. Everything looked interesting enough that I was hoping I'd start seeing them pop up in the BB Bag and Mask Maven. Scinic appeared in both for December! This mask contains bamboo and cucumber extract to quench dry skin and leave it hydrated and fresh. I'm very interested to try this and see how saturated the mask is, how it fits on my face etc.
 Holika Holika: Baby Silky Hand Mask Sheet
Unfortunately, this was the only non-sheet mask in the bunch this month. I might be in the minority, but I love getting at least 3 masks that aren't facial sheet masks. Whether they be a neck mask, foot mask, hand mask, eye gels, lip mask etc etc- there are lots of options! I hope that Beauteque considering putting more non-sheet masks in future bags. Anyway this mask is applied to clean, dry hands for 20+ minutes. I try to leave these on as long as possible to get the best results. This particular mask was one of the first I used on my hands, and it is incredibly moisturizing. A great tip is to use a hand scrub prior to using this. Removing all the dry/dead skin off your hands leaves them open to absorb moisture a lot more. It's amazing how soft my hands feel once I use a scrub and a hand mask!

Mediheal: Dress Code Mask in "Violet"
These masks were being buzzed about quite a bit months ago. Memebox had them on an insane discount and people were buying them up simply because of the fun-factor. I mean...a Venetian mask ON my sheet mask? Fancy! This particular style helps revitalize and moisturize tired, stressed skin. Think- after a long day of work. The ingredients include lavender, aloe and olive extract, which makes me think this would be super relaxing in terms of scent. I hope it's lavender scented!

SNP: Animal Tiger Wrinkle Mask
I've tried this mask as well piles of other animal masks from SNP. They're one of my favorites in terms of "fun masks" due to their detailed animal prints and wide variety to choose from. This one is obviously, a tiger, and fights signs of aging and appearance of wrinkles.
 Urban Dollkiss: 3-GO Hyaluronic Acid Mask Sheet
While I'm familiar with Urban Dollkiss, this particular line of masks is new to me. This one is your standard hyaluronic acid mask which plumps and moisturizes the skin. These are particularly great during the cold months as it does a great job of really loading your skin with lots of moisture without causing any oiliness.

Dr. Morita: Snail Hydrating Mask
Oooh a brand I haven't tried before! I love getting new-to-me products! Dr. Morita is a company that originated in Taiwan, and has grown in popularity due to their sheet masks. Since My Beauty Diary is also from Taiwan, I have high hopes for this one! Subscribers either received the Youth Renewal Repair Mask, or the Snail Hydrating Mask. I received the latter, which is a moisturizing mask that uses snail music to repair and slow signs of aging while also fighting acne.

My Beauty Diary: Imperial Birds Nest Mask
My Beauty Diary one of my favorite sheet mask brands due to their affordability, massive variety and overall quality. The Imperial Birds Nest Mask is probably my all-time favorite. If you need a nourishing, soothing, moisturizing mask that also fights signs of aging- this is the one for you. I've noticed a significant improvement in my skin when these are a part of my regular routine. Always love having more on hand!
Overall Thoughts
Mask Maven costs $16 per month (less if you pre-pay for a longer subscription) and the December bag contained 9 sheet masks,making each item cost under $2. Aside from my slight disappointment with the single non-sheet mask product, I think this month was a winner. There are 9 masks with 8 different brands featured this month. If you're new to sheet masks I think this is a great way to try a variety of different types as well as brands. I do wish they were a little light on the moisturizing masks and maybe switched a couple out for pore care, acne care, oil control etc. Overall, I was very pleased with the selection this month, and I'm excited to try the Scinic mask and the one from Dr. Morita!

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

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