Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Beauteque Mask Maven March 2016 Review

This month has been like the rest of 2016: intense, exciting and stressful. I'm right in the thick of it at school right now, working hard to keep my 4.0 GPA and get that degree! Unfortunately as some of you may have noticed, my blog has taken a bit of a back seat due to school stuff, but I am always going to be here posting whenever I possibly can! You can't keep me away from gushing about beauty and skincare. It's just not possible! Mask Maven is one of the few subscriptions that has stuck around since I've gotten rid of the vast majority of them at this stage in the game. Once you've subscribed to a zillion boxes at once and have seen it all in one way or another, many of them start to lose their luster and you realize you'd rather have the money in your bank account than the dozens of surprise boxes in your mailbox. However, that little tinge of excitement when you get a mystery package each month will always be there, so it's important to pick and choose ones that fit your lifestyle and include things you will use. I try and use a sheet mask once every other day, so Mask Maven is a great sub for me to always make sure my stash is fully stocked!


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.

Botanic Farm: Natural Energy Ginseng Mask
Botanic Farm: Natural Energy Green Tea Mask
I've become more familiar with Botanic Farm products through a variety of kbeauty websites, but they are still relatively new on my radar. I've enjoyed everything I've tried from them so far, although the one or two sheet masks I've tested have been mediocre. Not bad by any means, but none of them blew me away. Unfortunately, my skin absolutely hates ginseng, so I won't be able to use this one. For those of you who can use it however, it has natural anti-aging properties and strengthens elasticity. It's also a great natural toner for the skin and helps lighten dark circles. The Tea Tree mask is pretty self explanitory if you're familiar with the benefits of tea tree! It helps treat acne and cleans/freshens the skin. 

Missha: Pure Source Lotus Flower Mask
While these are inexpensive masks from Missha, some of them are pretty good while others are a miss. I'm not entirely sure if I've tried this particular variety before though, so I'll have to give it a shot! This lotus flower mask is used to brighten and moisturize the skin. The Pure Source masks are compacted with cell fabric to ensure maximum absorption of the essence, which is kind of cool, although I'll admit I've never really noticed a difference!

(I apologize profusely for the ridiculously blurry photo below. No, you don't need new glasses...I had to take picture with my phone due to misplacing my camera and I didn't realize this one was blurry until I had already used a couple of these masks. So sorry, eep!)
Dermal: Charcoal Collagen Essence Mask
This is a very inexpensive sheet mask brand but I have used them a few times and they're pretty decent for the price. This one uses charcoal ingredient to help deep-clean the skin as well as collagen and vitamin E to moisturize. 

Mizon: Enjoy Vtal Up Time Nourishing Mask
I am a huge fan of most Mizon products, and their sheet masks are also pretty good. This one contains avocado extract which works to moisturize and revitalize the skin. Vitamin E is also included to aid in anti-aging. 

My Beauty Diary: Rose Essence Moisturizing Mask
My Beauty Diary is the King of affordable, yet excellent quality sheet masks. This is actually one I haven't used yet, but unfortunately I most likely won't due to the fact that it contains rose. While I'm not allergic to rose, I have a very strong aversion to the smell of it, so if this mask even slightly smells of rose (which it probably does) I woudn't be able to put it on. So rather than waste it, I'll be passing it on. What this mask does though, is soothe, hydrated and calm the skin, which could be a good one to keep in a beach bag once the weather gets warmer!
Prelab: Skin Energy Masks: Anti-Wrinkle and Aqua
I've been getting more into wash off masks lately, so I was happy to see these two generously sized ones included this month! I'm not familiar with this brand, which some people may dislike, but I'm always looking to try new brands and discover new favorites! These masks are pretty self explanitory- one is anti-aging and one is moisturizing, but I'll definitely give these a shot on the upcoming weekend!

The Face Shop: Cherry Cherry Lips Modeling Lip Patch
I'm not gong to lie, I've never met a lip patch that actually worked or did anything noticeable for my lips. But does that stop me from using them? Not even a little bit. I have no idea why these silly things are so much fun, but for some reason I feel like maybe they might be helping the fine lines from forming around my lips? Who knows. I still use em. This one is made with cranberry extract which helps nourish the skin on and around the lips while replenishing moisture. 
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.
 This was a pretty solid Mask Maven. I kind of wish there was more of a substantial theme here, and as always I wish there was more of a variety in terms of masks. They did include the lip mask, which I like, but I would love to see more foot, hand, neck masks, maybe even spot treatments and things of that nature? I know the subscription is called Mask Maven for a reason, but I think it would be nice to have a nice mix of not just facial sheet masks, but for other parts of the body as well. Just something to think about, Beauteque! :) Overall though, I'm pleased with the variety of brands and styles of masks this month, and aside from the rose and ginseng which I cannot use, I'll be using these up this month for sure!
If you'd like to learn more about Mask Maven or sign up for yourself, you can do so HERE.

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