Beauteque Mask Maven ($15 per month, plus $3.95 shipping U.S. Ships anywhere in the world; see website for shipping rates)
Beauteque, a beauty website specializing in Korean and other Asian beauty products, puts out two monthly subscription bags, Mask Maven and BB Bag. This review is of their Mask Maven. Mask Maven contains nine to twelve masks each month. The masks are usually sheet masks for the face, but they occasionally have liquid masks, powder masks,
.and masks for other body parts. The December Mask Maven theme was Bit of Everything.
Here are the masks I got this month:
- Tony Moly I'm Real Lemon Mask Sheet, Brightening (one mask, worth $3.75; 2-pack for $7.50)
- Tony Moly I'm Real Rice Mask Sheet, Clear Skin (one mask, worth $1.99)
- SNP Animal Tiger Wrinkle Mask (one mask, worth $1.56; 10-pack costs $15.55)
- Mediheal Dress Code Violet Mask (one mask, worth $3)
- Dr. Morita Snail Hydrating Mask (one mask, worth $2.43; 10-pack costs $24.28)
- Urban Dollkiss 3-GO Hyaluronic Acid Mask Sheet (one mask, worth ~$2.50)
- Scinic My Juicy Bottle Mask Aqua Ampoule Juice (one mask, worth ~$2.50)
- My Beauty Diary Imperial Bird's Nest Mask (one mask, $1.99)
- Holika Holika Baby Silky Hand Mask (one mask, $3.99)
The December Mask Maven was worth approximately $23.68. I couldn't find several of the masks for sale online, so I estimated their value to be $2.50.
I've gotten a good number of Tony Moly I'm Real masks and I've always liked them. I haven't had a chance to try the lemon yet, but I enjoyed the rice mask. The lemon is for brightening and the rice is for clearing your skin up. My skin has slowly been clearing up as my stress levels have been going back down, but I thought I'd try to speed it up some. I did notice my skin getting even clearer after use. I like that the Tony Moly masks have a good amount of liquid in them. I don't like sheet masks that are very dry. It's so hard to keep dry sheet masks on, I've found.
Emily gave the tiger mask a try and our friend Johnny wanted to try the Dress Code Violet. These masks are printed with the image on the package, which I always think is fun. You may have seen the picture of me in the puppy mask when I was over at Millihelen. The tiger mask was for anti-aging. The violet mask was for hydration and rejuvenation. Emily and Johnny both loved their masks. It is hard to tell how much of an anti-aging effect one mask has, but it made her skin feel great and gave it a nice glow. Johnny's skin felt very moisturized. The weather here has been warm but dry for an upstate NY winter, so a little bit of moisture is exactly what he (and everyone else in the area!) needed. Emily took a picture of herself wearing the tiger mask and wanted me to include it in this article. It's pretty cute! You can see her picture below. We had assumed that the violet mask was just for the eye area because of the picture on the package, but it is a sheet mask for the whole face with the purple mask print over the eye area.
I am so excited about these two masks! I haven't tried them yet because I'm going to be sad when I've used them up. Snail mucus and hyaluronic acid are two of my favorite skincare ingredients. I'll save them for a day where everything is going wrong and they'll give me a bit of happiness. Snail mucus, which is harvested without harming the snails, has anti-aging, anti-acne, and healing properties. It's a powerhouse ingredeint. I know it sounds really gross, but it's amazing. Some subscribers got the Dr. Morita Youth Renewal Repair Essence Mask, which contains collagen, instead.
The hyaluronic acid mask is meant to hydrate and help with fine lines and wrinkles by plumping up the skin. This will be great deep in the winter if it ever actually gets cold around here this year. The cold air is horrible for my skin, so this will be very nice once we get a cold snap.
The Scinic My Juicy Bottle Mask - Aqua contains cucumber and bamboo to give your skin some serious moisture. Emily gave this one a try. She thought it was a little too wet feeling, but it eliminated the patchy dryness she had, so she was a fan.
The My Beauty Diary Imperial Bird's Nest Mask is called that because they use the nest of a swiftlet to make it. The nest is also a delicacy. It is supposed to have anti-aging properties and be soothing to the skin. The bird nest being an ingredient weirded me out a bit, but I liked the mask. My skin felt amazing afterward, so I would be willing to give bird's nest products a try in the future.
Finally, we had the Holika Holika Baby Silky Hand Mask. I wish I had had this a month ago when my hands were so dry they were cracking. My hands are in much better shape now, so I'm going to wait to use this until my hands are seriously dry again. While a hand mask seems nice in theory, fifteen to twenty minutes without being able to use your hands at all is a bit annoying.
I enjoyed this month's Mask Maven. I haven't had a chance to try all the masks yet, of course -- I never get to try them all in a month before writing my review because there are only so many masks you can put on your face in a short period of time. I try to keep my mask use to two a week, three max, because using too many in a week wouldn't be all that good for my face. Fortunately, Emily and our friends are happy to help out. I'm excited to try the ones I haven't gotten to yet. I like that their theme this month was a Little Bit of Everything. It gave them the chance to give subscribers a very well-balanced mix of masks and to throw in stuff that might not fit well into other themes. I love getting a good variety.
Did you get the December Mask Maven? What were your thoughts on it? Have you tried bird's nest in your skincare before? What do you think of it? Does it weird anyone else out?