$24.95 per month plus $3.95 shipping US; ships worldwide, check website for rates
Beauteque is a company that specializes in Korean beauty (aka K-beauty). They put out two monthly beauty subscriptions. The first one, BB Bag, contains a mix of skincare, makeup, bath products, beauty tools, masks, and haircare, mostly from Korea. The second one, Mask Maven, contains sheet masks for your face, but they sometimes throw in a mask for another body part, a liquid face mask, or a powder face mask. I'm reviewing the November Mask Maven and BB Bag here.
Here’s what I got in the November Beauteque BB Bag:
- Kinepin Bath Ball (one pouf, worth $5.50?)
- Cow Bubble and Aroma Bath Salt in Creamy Milk (one packet, worth $4)
- Baviphat Paprika Hand Cream in Anti-Wrinkle (full size, worth $10)
- Banila Co. It Radiant Lace Hydrogel Patch (one patch, worth $6.90)
- Baviphat Touch My Body All-in-One Wash (full size, worth $5.50)
- Secret Key Lemon D-Toc Peeling Gel (full size, worth $15)
- A’Pieu Soochaebit Finger Blusher in CR02 (full size, worth $10)
- Beauteque Pore Brush (not pictured; one brush, worth $8.99)
The November BB Bag was worth $65.89. While the BB Bag might seem a little on the expensive side for a subscription, it always has a great value and will introduce you to K-Beauty products you often would never encounter on your own in the U.S. I try to link to all the products in the bag, but I'm not always able to find them for sale on a reputable website. When I can't find it online, I use the value given on the product information card that comes with the BB Bag. The product information card is very important with the BB Bag because, besides giving some basic information about the products, the instructions provided on the actual containers are often only in Korean. The information card is often the only way you can figure out what you have and how to use it. This month, they sent the information card via e-mail instead of sending the normal paper card in the package.
Each month, the BB Bag includes a new makeup bag. The black and white polka dot bag on the right side of the picture was this month's bag. It wasn't my favorite bag I've gotten from Beauteque, but it was of good quality.
The Kinepin Bath Pouf is just your average bath pouf. It's a little disappointing to get a bath pouf in a Korean box because I like getting special items from Korea that I will never find in the U.S. Also, the informational card listed the value at $5.50, which seems a little high. You can find similar bath poufs in stores for a couple bucks.
The Cow Bubble and Aroma Bath Salt in Creamy Milk made for a very relaxing bath. It felt moisturizing and soothing. I really enjoyed this bath salt.
I love when Korean beauty companies put lotions and masks inside of cute little containers shaped like fruits, vegetables, or animals. The green pepper container the Baviphat Paprika Hand Cream was in was adorable. Subscribers could get Anti-Wrinkle, Whitening, or Moisture creams. I got the Anti-Wrinkle. It had a light, grapey scent to it. In addition to paprika, it contains grape extract, so the scent wasn't surprising. It did make my cuts sting a bit, but it felt very moisturizing and absorbed quickly.
The Banila Co. It Radiant Lace Hydrogel Eye Patch has a lacy appearance to it. I like getting sheet masks for my face, but it's always fun to get a patch made especially for my eyes. The eyes are usually the first part of the face to show aging because the skin is so thin, so I like anything that slows down the aging process there. This patch is supposed to brighten the eye area with green tea extract and fill in fine lines with collagen. The skin around my eyes looked a little brighter after I used this patch, so it worked well.
The Baviphat Touch My Body All-in-One Wash has a peppermint smell to it. I love peppermint and it's a perfect scent for this time of year! The scent subscribers got varied. The All-in-One Wash can be used for body wash and shampoo. I liked it as a body wash, but I just can't bring myself to put my body wash in my hair. I prefer to use something meant only for hair than to use an All-in-One as shampoo.
I love peeling gels, so I was happy to get the Secret Key Lemon D-Toc Peeling Gel. It took the dead skin off my face without being irritating. It also had a fresh, lemony scent, which was nice. Maybe it sounds a little gross, but I enjoy watching the dead skin peel off and ball up when I do peels. Regular exfoliators remove the dead skin, too, but there is something very satisfying about seeing the results so you can be sure it is working, so peels are a lot more fun.
I generally prefer to get skincare products in my Korean subscriptions. I love makeup, but Korea is known for its fabulous skincare products, so that is what I want to try. The A'Pieu Soochaebit Finger Blusher is a liquid blush that you apply to your cheeks and rub in with your fingers. I liked this a lot more than I expected. The color, CR-02, was a beautiful pinky coral and it was very flattering on me. It didn't quite last the entire day, but the tube makes it very easy to do a quick touch-up. It looks light at first, but you can layer it to get a deeper color if you desire.
I've never had a pore brush before, so I was looking forward to giving it a try. It's meant to be rubbed in a circular motion on your face in order to clean out your pores. It felt nice and my pores did look a little better after using it.
I wouldn't say this BB Box knocked it out of the park this month, but it was still pretty solid. It had a good mix of products, was heavy on the skincare, and the products were good, if not amazing.
$15 per month plus $3.95 shipping US; ships worldwide, check website for rates
Here are the contents of the November Mask Maven:
- Ladykin Green Harmony Pear Mask Pack (one mask pack, worth $2.90)
- Ladykin Green Harmony Pumpkin Mask Pack (one mask pack, worth $2.90)
- Tony Moly I’m Real Broccoli Mask Sheet Vitality (one mask, worth $1.99)
- Foodaholic 3D Natural Essence Mask in Orange (one mask, worth ~$2.50)
- Foodaholic 3D Natural Essence Mask in Blueberry (one mask, worth ~$2.50)
- Nohu Healing Mask Pack in Lemon Lustre (one mask, worth ~$2.50)
- Nohu Healing Mask Pack in Grapefruit Anti-Pore (one mask, worth ~$2.50)
- Tony Moly Pureness 100 Collagen Mask (one mask, worth $1.99)
- Nature Republic Real Nature Mask Sheet in Avocado (one mask, worth ~$2.50)
The November Mask Maven was worth approximately $22.28. I couldn’t find most of the masks available for sale online, so I estimated the value of any mask I couldn’t find to be $2.50. Mask Maven never has a huge value, but it's a great way to try a variety of Korean masks and figure out what works for you. Although Emily helps me try these masks out for the review each month, we are never able to try them all out before I write the article. There are only so many masks you can put on your face in a short period of time. I don't want to risk irritating my skin and causing it to break out, dry out, or redden. I'll review each of the masks we tried out. Any we weren't able to try out, I'll describe.
We haven't had a chance to try the Ladykin Green Harmony Pear Mask Pack, the Foodaholic 3D Natural Essence Mask in Blueberry, the Nohu Healing Mask Pack in Lemon Lustre, or the Nature Republic Real Nature Mask Sheet in Avocado. The pear mask helps with oily skin, acne, and aging, so just about anyone could use the mask. I'm looking forward to giving that one a try. The pear mask is a small pack of cream, not a sheet mask. The blueberry mask has anti-aging and brightening properties. The lemon mask is for deep cleaning the face. Finally, the avocado mask is for moisturizing and firming.
I gave the Ladykin Green Harmony Pumpkin Mask Pack a try. Like the pear mask, the pumpkin mask came in a small container and contained a cream to spread on your face. I was surprised when I opened it and saw that the cream was white and smelled nothing like pumpkin. The pumpkin is meant to exfoliate, soothe, and prevent acne. It felt very refreshing while it was on and my skin felt so smooth after I used it.
I wasn't all that happy to see the Tony Moly I'm Real Broccoli Mask Sheet Vitality. I hate broccoli and really can't stand the smell of it. Fortunately, Emily loves broccoli, so she was happy to give it a try. She said that it smelled nothing like broccoli.. I didn't believe her, so I had to check myself. She was right. I could have used this mask after all. The card said this mask is for hydration and elasticity. Emily's skin looked great after she used it. The dry weather has been sucking the moisture out of everyone's skin around here, so a moisturizing mask was just what she needed.
Emily also gave the Foodaholic 3D Natural Essence Mask in Orange a try. It had a nice, strong citrusy smell that she really enjoyed. This mask is for deep cleaning and brightening. As you can imagine, it contains lots of vitamin C, which is amazing for your skin. This ended up being Emily's favorite mask. She was glowing after using it.
I gave the Tony Moly Pureness 100 Collagen Mask a try. Collagen is great for everyone. It is firming and brightening. I noticed a small difference after using it, but I would probably have to use the mask a few times in order to see a real difference.
I got Emily to give the Nohu Healing Mask in Grapefruit - Anti-Pore a try. This mask was sopping wet, which made it a little difficult to pull apart in order to apply it. I don't like my masks to be so dry that they keep falling off my face, but I also don't want them to be dripping while I use them. This is a detox mask and contains vitamin C from the grapefruit. Despite it being a little messy, Emily still really liked this mask.
Mask Maven had another good month. I liked that they had two masks (the pear and pumpkin) that were of the cream variety instead of the sheet type. I love sheet masks and find them to be a lot more convenient than other types of masks, but it's fun to try out different kinds of masks on occasion. I really like when they include a mask that is for a body part other than the face, so I was slightly disappointed that every mask was meant for the face. All in all, though, this was a strong month for Mask Maven. They had masks for every type of skin and every skin concern you could have, so there was something for everyone.