Beauteque Mask Maven, $15 per month plus $3.95 shipping US (ships most places, check site for shipping fees)
Here's adorable Emmett checking out the bag Mask Maven came in. He thinks it would make a nice bunny sleeping bag.
Also, in totally unrelated news, yesterday I found out that the judge had signed off on my divorce. It is finally official! It has been a long, difficult process and I am so happy it's over! After ten months, it was starting to feel like it was going to drag on forever. Sorry, I'm just ecstatic and had to share the news.
Beauteque Mask Maven sends subscribers nine to eleven masks per month. The masks are usually from Korea, which is well-known for its fabulous and innovative skincare products. Most of the masks are sheet masks for the face, but they occasionally have powder masks, liquid masks, and masks for specific body parts (e.g., eyes, mouth, lips, hands, feet, etc.). Lots of masks are sold only in multi-packs and many of them are difficult to find in the US, so this is a great way to try out different types of masks and see what works for you.
Beauteque sent me the February Mask Maven free of charge for review.
Here are the masks I got this month:
- Esfolio Green Tea Essence Mask Sheet (one mask, worth ~$2.50)
- Esfolio Honey Essence Mask Sheet (one mask, worth ~$2.50)
- Ladykin Greenharmony Blueberry Mask Pack (one mask, worth ~$2.50)
- Mizon Enjoy Vital-Up Time Nourishing Mask (one mask, worth $3.50)
- Leaders AC-Dressing Mask (one mask, worth $2.38)
- Somoon Ampoule Juice Animal Mask in Bear Firming Mask (one mask, worth $3.25)
- Dewytree Honey Moist Black Sheet Mask (one mask, worth $2)
- Hanaka Snail and Black Pearl Elasticity Mask (one mask, worth ~$2.50)
- Hanaka Cactus Hyaluronic Acid Mask (one mask, worth $2.50)
The February Beauteque Mask Maven was worth about $23.63. I couldn't find many of the masks for sale online. For any I couldn't find online, I listed a value of $2.50 because most sheet masks seem to run between $2 and $3.
There are only so many masks I can do in the time period between when I get Mask Maven in the mail and when I have to write my review, so I am never able to try all of them out in time. While masks are great for your skin, I will not to do more than two, maybe three, per week to avoid irritating my skin by putting too many different things on it. Also, using them all in a short period of time would prevent me from determining which positive and/or negative effects there were were from each mask. My lovely lady, Emily, is always happy to try new masks, so she helps me out a lot with the Mask Maven review. Any masks that Emily or I have tried, I write reviews for; any masks that I haven't had a chance to try before writing my review, I describe what it contains and what the effects are supposed to be based on the information from the packaging, Beauteque, and/or the company that produces the mask.
First up, we have the Esfolio Green Tea Essence Sheet Mask and the Esfolio Honey Essence Sheet Mask. Some subscribers got the 3W Green Tea Mask instead of the Esfolio Green Tea Mask and some subscribers got the Nature Republic Royal Jelly Mask instead of the Esfolio Honey Mask.
Emily tried the Esfolio Honey Mask and loved it. It was one of her favorite masks ever. It had a rich honey scent to it. Her face felt very moisturized, smooth, and firm. It contains collagen for elasticity and also helps give your skin a deep cleanse. It's a great all-around mask.
I haven't had a chance to try out the Esfolio Green Tea Mask yet, but it is supposed to be firming and detoxifying. It also contains beneficial vitamins for your skin. I've liked green tea masks before, so I assume I will like this one also.
The Ladykin Blueberry Wash Off Mask was the only mask that wasn't of the sheet variety this month. My face, which had been doing so well the last couple of months, decided that this month was a great time to break out again, so this was perfect for me. Blueberry is one of those fantastic ingredients with tons of antioxidants. It fights both aging and acne, so, if you're like me (as in, in your 30s and your face still breaks out occasionally, lucky me!), get a blueberry mask! This didn't kill the break out off completely, but it did help with it. If I had a few more of these and used them several days in a row, I imagine the breakout would have been killed off even faster.
The Leaders AC Dressing Mask helps with acne and minimizes pores. This mask felt very soothing and my face was glowing after using this. I used this a few days before my skin broke out, so I don't know how this works on pimples, but my pores looked great. Instead of this mask, some subscribers got the Leaders Pore Scaling Black Aqua Mask, which is supposed to cleanse and brighten skin, or the Leaders Aquaringer Mask, which is moisturizing.
I have not had a chance to try the Mizon Enjoy Vital-Up Time Nourishing Mask. The information card that Beauteque sent this month says that this is supposed to be the Mizon Enjoy Vital-Up Time Calming Mask and doesn't mention any variations, but that doesn't bother me. The Nourishing Mask is supposed to be very hydrating. The Calming Mask is soothing and moisturizing.
We have yet to try the Somoon Ampoule Juice Animal Mask Bear Firming Mask. The mask itself has a bear face printed on it. While they might be a little silly, I love masks with animals printed on them. They're a lot of fun and I always take my picture when I use one. I've had a tiger, panda, otter, and seal before. This contains ingredients for moisture, elasticity, and evening your complexion. My baby buns are wondering when there might be a bunny mask. I told them it would probably be pretty hard to make a bunny mask because of the ears.
Emily tried the Dewytree Honey Moist Black Mask because she liked the other honey mask so much. As the name suggests, this mask isn't the usual white color, but is instead jet black. This mask is supposed to kill off bacteria, moisturize, and help with elasticity. Emily said this one didn't have as much of a honey scent to it as the other honey mask. She liked the scent of the other mask more. She loved how her skin felt after she was finished with this mask, though.
Emily tried the Hanaka Cactus and Hyaluronic Acid Mask right before I wrote this. This mask is on a plastic backing, which is good because the paper is very thin and it would be almost impossible to get it on without the plastic's help. After you get it on, you can peel the backing off. Her skin is noticeably softer and looks quite radiant, so we would recommend this mask. I have found that I generally like the Hanaka masks a lot.
Finally, there was the Hanaka Snail and Black Pearl and Elasticity Mask. We haven't had a chance to try this yet, but I am hoping to use it in the next couple of days. This one is another black mask, as you might have guessed. I love snail mucus treatments because snail is great for accelerating healing. This also moisturizes your skin and brightens it. It says "whiteness" at the bottom of the package, as you probably noticed. When a Korean product says it is whitening, it is what we would generally call brightening in English. It'll help get rid of those little dark spots pimples leave behind after they die and help even out your skinttone.
I loved the February Mask Maven! It had a great mix of masks and there's something in there for all skin types. I love trying out all the different Korean masks without having to make a big commitment by buying a ten-pack. Korean skincare companies are so innovative. I love trying new ingredients and seeing how they effect my skin! Emily absolutely loves trying out the masks, too. I think this is her favorite subscription box that I get.
Have you had a chance to try any of these masks? Any favorites? What are your favorite ingredients Korean companies use in masks? I think snail mucus might be my favorite, as gross as it sounds, although blueberry is high up on the list, too.