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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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.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Kloverbox March 2016 Review and Unboxing


Even though it might seem silly, I always expect better boxes from subscription companies in March. It's my birthday month, and for some reason whenever it comes around I hope and pray the boxes somehow match me perfectly and feel like little gifts to myself! I have rarely, if ever, been disappointed with my Kloverboxes though, so I had a feeling I was going to be very pleased with this month's selection!

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! 
 
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.

So let's get right into the goodies this month! 

Buckaroo Organics: Soapberry Suds Organic Laundry Detergent ($9.95)
I absolutely love getting lifestyle products in Kloverbox because I'm always trying to make more green choices not only with beauty products, but around my home as well. I believe early last year Kloverbox included an organic laundry detergent and I absolutely loved it! While I'm always partial to the fresh scents that regular detergents give, I know that they can be filled with chemicals and also irritating to the skin. This one is an organic powder detergent (and comes with a measuring scoop) that is made with 100% organic soapberries. What's really neat about this detergent is that it not only cleans naturally, but it contains natural fabric softening capabilities. It's non toxic, hypoallergenic, dye, chemical, sulfate and phosphate free! I actually had a load of laundry to do on the day that I got my Kloverbox, so I went ahead and gave this stuff a shot. I absolutely loved it! I have one very small issue with it (which may not be the fault of the detergent at all btw) but one of my less expensive t-shirts had the logo start peeling off when I removed it from the wash. Now this very well could have been because it's an old, cheaply made shirt...but I might avoid washing printed t-shirts with this detergent. Otherwise, my clothes felt clean and soft! 

Vana Body: Coconut Clay mask ($21)
There was a time when I would stick my nose up at powder masks, mostly because I felt like they were "too much work" to use. However lately I've been using some of the ones that have been hanging around in my stash and I've gotta say, they feel like you're giving yourself an expensive facial! Very pampering! This particular mask is the lone beauty product this month, and it comes from Vana Body. They use only vegan, organic, cold-pressed virgin oils, botanicals and clays for their products. This coconut clay mask has very few ingredients, but just enough to make it naturally potent. It helps treat acne, wrinkles and inflammitory issues. To use powder masks, you simply mix a small amount with water or your choice of liquid and apply. Make sure to only add a small amount of liquid at a time, because in my experience, a little goes a long way and you don't want to make the mask too watery or it won't stick well to your skin!

Paddywax: Blue Apothecary Collection Candle in "Fresh Meyer Lemon" ($5)
Not only do I have a major obsession with candles, but Paddywax just so happens to be one of my all-time favorite candle companies. While this particular candle is just a small sample, you absolutely must check out their beautiful packaging, unique variety of scents and overall appealing aesthetic. I cannot stop myself when I look at their products- I always have to buy something! All Paddywax candles are hand poured, fragrance infused soy wax blended candles, and this particular collection includes scents that evoke balance and relaxation. I'm usually partial to warmer, gourmand scents but this meyer lemon is really bright and delicious! It's definitely a scent that gets me in the mood for Spring!

Inkcredible Imagine, Bagito and Kloverbox: Reusable Shopping Bag ($7.50)
Kloverbox teamed up with Inkcredible Image, who are an environmentally friendly screen printing company as well as Bagito who is known for their eco-friendly bags. They created this really fun shopping bag out of 25 plastic bottles! Is that cool or what? These bags also can conveniently hold 25 pounds, which is awesome for the farmers market or running out to the store. I love that there's a little clip attached as well so you can hook this on your keys or purse with ease. Check out how cute the logo is too!
I totally dig it! I'm excited to hook this onto my bag when I go to the farmer's market in the Spring!
Overall Thoughts
Kloverbox costs $25 per month (less when you purchase a longer subscription!) and the December box has a total value of just over $43. I am absolutely thrilled with the March Kloverbox, especially because it's heavy on the lifestyle products, as many of you know I love! Also...I got a candle! Scoreeee. I think this was beautifully curated and contains lots of useful and eco-friendly products for not only your skin, but for lots of other places in your home and life. Another home run for Kloverbox!


If you want to sign up for Kloverbox (and why wouldn't you??) You can do that here!
Don't forget to use HB10 at checkout to save 10% off any length subscription!

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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.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Beauteque BB Bag March 2016 Review and Unboxing

Ahh March. One of my favorite months of the year, not only because it's my Birthday, but also because...well, OK just because it's my Birthday! I turned a whopping 31 this year, and I'm still trying to process that I'm out of my 20's. Since I work with a lot of younger people, I'm in college, my boyfriend is younger than me etc., my brain tends to make believe that I am a lot younger than I am. I'm hoping my obsession with Korean skincare will keep me looking a lot younger than I am too! 

This month's Beauteque BB Bag was filled with kbeauty goodies as usual, to the theme of "Moisturizing Mix and More." Alrighty.
Moisturized skin is the foundation to youthful, refreshed looking skin. Hydration can help skin feel and appear firmer and more radiant. To help your precious skin recover from a long winter and prepare for fun in the sun that is soon to come, we present the Moisture Madness Bag. Luxurious skin and eye creams among other products will keep your skin hydrated, happy and glowing.

From that description, I am hoping to see loads of moisturizing skincare goodies. Bring it on!

Details
Subscription Types (3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions are Prepaid):
1 Month (month-to-month) $24 per month
3 month $24 per month
 6 month $23 per month
12 month $22 per month
All subscriptions will auto-renew at the end of it's cycle so you never accidentally miss a bag!
You can also gift subscriptions if you want to surprise a lucky friend or family member!


WHAT WILL I RECEIVE?
-6 or more full sized products in every bag
-A value between $65 to $85+
-Makeup, skincare, and lifestyle products
-Products from Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Europe, America

SHIPPING
Beauteque Beauty Bags ship to the US, Canada, and Europe.
-US shipping is $3.95 per month
-Canada shipping is  $5.95 per month
-Europe shipping is $8.95 per month
 Now that we've got the details out of the way, let's get onto the March Bag!

 Mizon: Snail Repair Eye Cream ($12.99)
I swear I have received this product in a past Beauteque bag of some sort, although it's possible it wasn't a BB Bag. I also tend to confuse a lot of the past kbeauty subscriptions I've received over the years though, so I could be wrong. Regardless, I actually just finished a tube of this eye cream and it took me a very, very long time to get through. It contains snail mucin, adenosine, peptides and EGF which work together to offer anti-aging benefits and promote skin regeneration while fighting the appearance of dark circles. Since I've used an entire tube of this I can form a pretty clear stance on this one: it's decent. I don't think it blew me away or that the skin around my eye area was magically transformed, but it did help keep my skin moisturized and soft, while also minimizing the appearance of the fine lines by my eyes. I'll hang out to his and most likely use it again in the future.

Ladykin: Glow Lipstick ($8.50)
I love Ladykin and I love lipsticks, but this shade just isn't doing it for me. It's a lot less coral/orange than I expected it to be, but it still washes me out so it's going in the give away bin. I actually quite like the formula as it feels very moisturizing and pigmented. It's buildable in that you can make it natural-looking or more intense color-wise. I'm pleased with the lipstick itself I just wish it was in a more wearable shade for me!

Cosrx: Acne Pimple Master Patch ($4.80)
I don't feel like this product goes with the moisturizing theme, however this is probably something that I repurchase more than any other skincare item in my entire routine/collection. There are 24 patches in 3 different sizes in this pouch, and if you have a zit, nothing works better to get rid of it. I have used these on cystic acne that hasn't reached a head and it has cut down the time that they're there. I have used these on ingrown hairs as well. These tend to work best on soon-to-be whiteheads, or freshly popped zits as it will continue to draw out all the bad stuff and flatten out the bumps. They're truly a miracle product and while there are a lot of these acne patches on the market, I have yet to find a single one that comes close to how well these work.

Egg Brush Cleaner ($8)
Also not entirely sure how this is relevant to the moisturizing theme, but I am all about this little guy! Essentially this grooved pieces of rubber is used to rub your makeup brushes on and it helps agitate the dirt, oil and makeup out of the brush. It works really well as I've already tested it out myself! I love how small and portable it is too! While it doesn't really fit the theme, it's a really helpful little tool!

The Face Shop: Fresh Milk Cream ($15)
I love getting a gigantic jar of moisturizing cream in a hydration-themed bag! This one contains daegwallyong milk extract which brightens, smooths and moisturizes the skin. You can use this product on the body or on the facial skin, although I think I'd probably keep this one for my skin alone. I've got more than enough facial moisturizers!

Urban Dollkiss Velvety Skin BB Ceam Mini ($12)
 For some strange reason, I cannot get this photo to upload to this post, however you can see a peek of this mini BB cream in the final shot below. I am absolutely blown away by the $12 price tag on something that is seemingly a deluxe sample from a company that normally makes affordable products...so that is something I do feel like I should look into in terms of value. Having said that, I absolutely love trying new BB creams because I'm always trying to find one that has full coverage while not being too heavy or obvious on the skin. Skin79 is decent but I still haven't found the perfect formula! Hopefully this one will be!
Overall Thoughts
Beauteque Monthly costs $24 (plus shipping) and this bag as a Beauteque Value of about $61. While that inlcudes the iffy-priced BB cream sample, it still works out to be a really great value for all these items! I'm nto sure about some of the choices that were made for a bag that was supposed to be all about hydration etc, but I think the items that didn't necessarily fit the theme made the bag a lot more interesting in the end! Not my favorite bag from Beauteque, but definitely included quite a few products I'm excited to try out!

If you're interested in signing up with Beauteque Monthly, you can do so HERE!
If you want to shop Beauteque's regular website for limited edition bags, and K-Beauty galore, you can check that out 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.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

A.True Sweet Song Black Tea One-Step Cleansing Water Review

I rarely get a chance to try many new kbeauty products that peak my interest. You'd think that as a blogger, I'd be buying up everything that caught my eye. Unfortunately what ends up happening is I amass a huge stockpile of skincare products through subscriptions etc, and keep telling myself I have to use those things first before I try any of the new and exciting pretties that I see while browsing websites. It's always kind of a bummer because I'm always interested in certain brands or new products being released and want to test and share my thoughts with you guys! So when Cupidrop contacted me to do a couple reviews for them, I was over-the-moon! While most companies that have contacted me want me to review very specific products (I usually turn them down unless they're something I think you guys would be interested in) Cupidrop allowed me to choose the items myself. I was so insanely happy about that because I really wanted to choose a product from a brand some of us may have heard about already but haven't had much experience with (this review), as well as a new-to-me brand that featured a product I didn't already have a million of!

Cupidrop website is really unique in that they have a nice variety of brands that aren't easily available in other places. Not only that, but it's very clean and organized, has lots of information on the products along with a detailed description, ingredients, and sometimes even pH levels are listed! There are also reviews from customers that make decision-making a bit easier. Cupidrop is based in the US (out of New York!) so there's also the added benefit of not having to wait ages for your products to ship direct from Korea!

About Cupidrop:
Based in New York City, Cupidrop began with the simple idea of offering great skincare products at great prices.
Korean skincare & makeup products are well-made, beautifully packaged and reasonably priced - Every single product we carry has been tested by our team to ensure our customers have a great experience with them.
Here at Cupidrop, we make sure to address all matters of the skin.
While so many of the existing online retailers carry already prominent name brands, Cupidrop discover and share new, exciting brands with our customers.
For the latest beauty trends and innovative products from Korea,
Cupidrop is the ultimate online destination for your favorite K-beauty needs.

I'm pretty picky about Korean Beauty websites, but I've been really impressed with the interactions I've had with Cupidrop and how passionate they are about Korean skincare and beauty. I highly recommend checking out their site for some interesting and unique brands and products as well as great service! 

The first product I decided I must test out was the A.True Sweet Song Black Tea One-Step Cleansing Water. I've been on a cleansing water kick lately, and that's solely because I am the laziest person on the planet. If I don't have to wash my face at a sink, I won't. I will say that my choice to use a combination of a cleansing wipe and a cleansing water may not be the best long-term cleansing solution, but it really works in a pinch or when you just want to do your skincare in bed after a long day!

A.True is a brand that I was originally introduced to through a long-ago Memebox, and I was immediately drawn to their sleek packaging and "tea" themed products. I was thrilled to see that Cupidrop carried a nice variety of products from their line as well.
About the Product:
Cost:

Description:
The Black Tea, ‘Sweet Song,’ is harmoniously blended with Verbena leaf, referred to as the ‘mysterious herb,’ and Orange petals, which symbolize ‘purity.’ Verbena leaves and Orange petals are rich in minerals and vitamins which help purify the skin by delivering nature’s freshness and energy.

The cleansing water effectively removes daily makeup, impurities, and even eye and lip makeup. Its hypoallergenic formula uses safe ingredients which gently cleanse the skin, redefining its texture without leaving you any burning or irritating feelings. Fruit acid is contained within *Multi-fruit Complexes, which softens dead skin cells whilst moisturizing and hydrating you leaving a softer and cleaner texture.

*Extracts of bilberry fruit, sugar cane, oranges, lemons and sugar maple
*pH for this cleansing water is 4.7 - 5.7
Ingredients:
Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water(258,426mg), PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Panthenol, Salix nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, **Verbena Officinalis Leaf Extract(17.2458mg), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, **Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Extract(2.613mg), Water, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance 

How to Use:
Soak a cotton pad to remove all traces of makeup & impurities.  
No rinsing is required, but rinse if preferred.
Results and Thoughts
I've been using this cleansing water for a little over 2 weeks now so I feel like I have a pretty good idea of how it works compared to the others I've tried!
First impressions were impressive. The bottle is very large and you only need a small amount to saturate about half of a cotton pad which will take care of your whole face. The scent is extremely subtle. I can only smell it when I sniff directly from the bottle. It's undetectable/non-existent as I apply it to my skin. Fragrance is listed in the ingredients, but it's very, very minimal, so don't let it deter you if your sensitive to strong scented skincare. 

As you can see from above, there really isn't any red flags in the ingredients list either, which is just awesome. I didn't feel weary slathering this on my face right off the bat rather than spot testing. I probably should spot test regardless, but hey- I'm a rebel. 
I didn't attempt to use this to remove eye makeup, as the case with most cleansing waters is that they're not intense enough to get stubborn mascara off my lashes. I simply use a quick makeup remover on my eyes first. Having said that, I did try using it to remove my eye shadow and eyeliner, which it did without a problem. Yay!

I tried using this cleansing water in two different ways. First, I used it on it's own and removed my makeup. I found that it did a good job getting the majority of the BB cream off my face with little to no "scrubbing" or firm wiping. Simply gliding the saturated cotton pad over my face was enough to clean up well.

Even though that worked out nicely, I usually "double cleanse" even when I'm being lazy. I start with a cleansing wipe and then immediately after, use a cleansing water to remove the excess dirt, makeup and oil that the wipe didn't pick up. Let's just say I stopped using the wipes I had at the time, because the A.True cleansing water picked up THIS much...and this was after I had already used a cleansing wipe:
Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water(258,426mg), PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Panthenol, Salix nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, **Verbena Officinalis Leaf Extract(17.2458mg), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, **Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Extract(2.613mg), Water, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance - See more at: http://www.cupidrop.com/collections/a-true/products/sweet-song-black-tea-one-step-cleansing-water#sthash.XFIb3fYN.dpuf
So this is obviously a combination of me using a cleansing wipe that does a poor job, but it also goes to show how much this cleansing water really cleans! I was really impressed with how much makeup this cleansing water removed even after I had used a cleansing wipe. I confirmed how well this worked by using it a second time with a fresh cotton pad and saw little to no residue or makeup the second time around.
Overall Thoughts
I compared the A.True Cleansing Water to a few others I had in my collection and I found that it hands-down is the best for a variety of reasons. I feel like I need to use less product, it removes more debris and makeup, it has the least strong scent and has not irritated my skin or caused any breakouts whatsoever. I'm very impressed with this product and I'm so in love with it at this point that it'll definitely be an item I continue to repurchase! If you're in the market for a cleansing water, this one absolutely has my full stamp of approval!

If you're interested in grabbing this for yourself, you can do so HERE.
If you want to check out Cupidrop's website, you can hop on over there through this link!
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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 does not contain affiliate or referral links.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Beauteque Mask Maven February 2016 Review


 I have a very interesting relationship with sheet masks. There are months that go by where I don't use a single one. There are other times when I can't go a day without slapping one on during my evening skincare routine. Regardless of what phase I'm in at the time, I cannot stop myself from buying new and interesting sheet masks with every single kbeauty order I make. Having Beauteque's Mask Maven subscription arrive each month has definitely helped quell my desires to constantly buy allllll the masks whenever I do online window shopping!
 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.
February's Theme:
Fabulous February: Put Yourself First
Happy February! The beauty of this bag is the variety that awaits you within. Honey soothes, green tea detoxifies, and blueberry battles blemishes- and that's just a third of the masks you'll find here to work their magic on your face! Enjoy discovering this decadent cache of masks and consider it our Valentine to you. In the month of love, why not show your skin the most love?
Hanaka: Cactus Hyaluronic Acid Hydration Mask
Hanaka: Snail & Black Pearl Elasticity Whitness Mask
Both of these Hanaka masks are made out of 100% natural wood pulp fiber and are completely decompostable after use, which is awesome! The Snail and Black pearl is used to lock in moisture and brighten the skin while firming and providing elasticity. The Cactus and Hyaluronic Acid mask deeply hydrates the skin while giving it radiance and glow.
Here's the thing, at one point these Hanaka masks were sort of new. I hadn't heard of the brand before and Beauteque was including them in quite a few of the Mask Maven bags. I liked giving them a try and I do actually think they're pretty good masks, but I feel like they're showing up in almost every Mask Maven bag lately. While they're plenty nice, I do hope that they retire them from future bags, at least for awhile!

Leaders: AC-Dressing Whitening Sheet Mask 
I am a big fan of Leaders masks because they're affordable and they have very unique types and styles. This particular one is the AC Dressing Sheet mask, which soothes the skin by reducing inflammation and irritation. It also fights acne and reduces the appearance and size of pores temporarily. This mask is clearly made for oily, acneic skin, which I have, so I'm excited to use this one asap!
Ladykin Blueberry Wash Off Pack
This is another sort of repeat mask as I got this wash off pack in 2 different scents/types in a past Mask Maven. This one in particular fights acne and reduces signs of aging, which are my two major skincare concerns, so while I'm not usually a fan of wash-off masks I'll give this one a shot!
Esfolio Green Tea Essence Mask Sheet
Esfolio Honey Essence Mask Sheet 
Esfolio is yet another brand that I was familiarized with through Beauteque, and while I actually think their masks are quite nice, many of them seem to contain ginseng which is one of the few things that I discovered breaks me out pretty badly. I haven't looked at the detailed ingredients of either of these masks yet, but I hope I don't have to pass on these! The green tea mask removes toxins from the skin while firming, and the honey mask works against skin buildup while helping the production of collagen.
Mizon Enjoy Vital-Up Time Nourishing Mask
Mizon sheet masks don't pop up very often, especially in subscription boxes. I was happy to see this! Mizon, while they have their fair share of mediocre products, is still one of my all-time favorite brands for affordability and results. This mask contains avocado is is loaded with vitamins to help nourish and smooth rough tired skin.
Somoon Ampoule Juice Animal Bear Firming Mask
Animal masks surged in popularity and are quietly dying out again in terms of being buzz-worthy. They're still used pretty frequently though, and I just so happen to be one of the people who just gets a kick out of them! This one has a bear face printed on it, and what is really cool about this mask is that it contains the same amount of moisture as an entire bottle of an ampoule. It contains honey, royal jelly, raspberry and blueberry extracts that help make skin retain it's elasticity while reducing roughness and boosting hydration.
Dewytree Honey Moist Black Sheet Mask 
I have a love/hate relationship with Dewytree Black sheet masks. I tried one back during the heyday of Memebox and it was the first time I realized that ginseng was a huge acne trigger for me. Ever since then I've been really worried about using these masks, although I'm sure not all of them contain ginseng. I'm happy to see the brand popping up in Mask Maven though, as it shows they're expanding their brands. This mask is anti-microbial due to having a large dose of honey as an ingredient. It's also moisturizing and firming.
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.
I think Mask Maven is a fantastic deal for anyone looking to keep their sheet mask stash stocked at all times. There is a decent brand variety, however if you're a long-time subscriber you might start noticing the same brands popping up over and over. I think we need a break from the Hanaka and Esfolio masks. If they are to be included, maybe not including more than one of each kind would make the variety even more substantial!

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