Beauteque Mask Maven, $15 per month plus $3.95 shipping US; ships to many countries, check site for shipping charges
While Emmett easily fit his whole body into the Mask Maven bag last month, he had a little more difficulty getting in it this month. I doubt he will fit at all in April! I had a couple of people on Twitter say they wanted to see more of Emmett trying to fit into things, so I've been putting up pictures and tagging them #canemmettfit. I've also put them up on Instagram, so make sure you are following me on for more adorable baby bunny pictures! It's spring so we're going to have some teeny baby bunnies soon. Lots of pictures to come!
Beauteque's Mask Maven is a monthly subscription that contains a nine to twelve masks, most of which are from Korea. Korea is known for its fabulous skincare, so Korean masks are always a treat. While the subscription focuses on sheet masks for the face, each month they include a mask or two that is a liquid, a powder, a peel, or for a body part other than the entire face (e.g., hand, foot, chin, eye, lips, hair).
Beauteque sent me the March Mask Maven free of charge for review.
Here are the masks I got this month:
- Missha Pure Source Lotus Flower Mask (one sheet mask, worth $1.59)
- My Beauty Diary Rose Essence Moisturizing Mask (one sheet mask, worth $1.99)
- Dermal Charcoal Collagen Essence Mask (one mask, worth $1.10)
- Mizon Enjoy Vital Up Time Nourishing Mask (one mask, worth $2.05)
- Botanic Farm Natural Energy Ginseng Mask (one mask, worth $2.20)
- Botanic Farm Natural Energy Green Tea Mask (one mask, worth $2.20)
- Prelab Skin Energy Mask in Wrinkle Energy (one mask, worth $2.50)
- Prelab Skin Energy Mask in Aqua Energy (one mask, worth $2.50)
- The Face Shop Cherry Cherry Lips Modeling Lip Patch (one lip patch, worth $5.50)
The March Mask Maven was worth about $21.63. I couldn't find two of the masks for sale online, so I estimated their value at $2.50. Each month, Mask Maven has a theme; the March theme was Good Energy Garden. Eight of the masks were regular sheet masks and one was a lip patch.
Emily and I try as many of the masks as we can before I write each month's review, but there are only so many masks we can use on our skin in a short period of time. I try to use only two masks per week, three max, because I don't want to overdo it and risk irritating my skin. I'll give detailed descriptions of how the masks that we were able to try worked. For those we haven't had a chance to use, I'll tell you how they are supposed to work based on descriptions of them provided by Beauteque and/or the company that makes the mask.
The Missha Pure Source Lotus Flower Mask and the My Beauty Diary Rose Essence Moisturizing Mask were the two masks I was most excited about. I'm a serious gardener and love floral scents. If you want to see my gorgeous dahlias, irises, roses, and the like from last summer, check out my Instagram account.
Anyway, Emily wanted to try the My Beauty Diary Rose Essence Moisturizing Mask. It had a soft rose scent that Emily really enjoyed. Her skin was hydrated and soft after she removed it. She had had a couple of rough, dry patches on her face and this mask took care of those for her. I was surprised by how well it worked.
I used the Missha Pure Source Lotus Flower Mask. This mask brightens and moisturizes. I assume it was lotus-scented, but I don't know what a lotus smells like, so I'm not sure. The scent was relaxing. I needed some brightening and moisturizing after battling acne brought on my monthly friend, so this was the perfect mask for me. While it wasn't a miracle worker, I saw significant improvement, so I was happy with this mask.
Emily, who is fortunate enough to almost never get a pimple, actually got a pimple and was hoping the Dermal Charcoal Collagen Essence Mask would help her kill it off. While it didn't get rid of the pimple immediately, it did seem to help speed up its demise. Charcoal deep cleans your pores, the collagen in will firm up your skin, and vitamin E is amazing for your skin, so this mask has something for everyone in it.
I actually got the same Mizon mask last month in my Mask Maven. The card for the February Mask Maven listed the Mizon calming mask, but I got the Mizon nourishing mask instead. I hadn't had a chance to try this mask when I got it last month, but Emily gave it a try this month. This had a ton of liquid in the package! When that happens, Emily likes to rub the extra liquid on her neck, chest, and arms. Might as well make use of it! Emily said this mask smelled a little bit like perfume, but it wasn't overwhelming. It gave her skin some much needed moisture.
I haven't had a chance to try the ginseng mask. The Botanic Farm Natural Energy Ginseng Mask is anti-aging and also acts as a toner. I'm looking forward to using this! I've never tried a ginseng mask, so I am curious to see how it works.
The Botanic Farm Natural Energy Tea Tree Mask was the first mask I used this month. Tea tree is perfect for fighting off pimples and, sadly, that was something I really needed! It had a slight tea tree smell to it. I've never liked the smell of tea tree, but I'm willing to put up with it if it will help clear my skin. This mask helped some, but I would probably need to use it a few times to see a substantial improvement.
When I saw the little yellow and blue packages, I assumed they contained a liquid mask of some sort. They actually had sheet masks folded up inside them. I was worried that they would be difficult to get apart because they were folded up into small rectangles, but they were made of thick enough material that unfolding them was easy. I've tried the blue Aqua Prelab mask, but have yet to try the yellow Anti-Wrinkle mask. The Aqua mask gave my face some much needed moisture, so I was very happy with its performance. My one complaint is that it did not fit well on my face at all. The eye holes and nose hole were very off for me. I've heard people complain about masks not fitting well before, but I've never had that issue myself. I guess I'm lucky that most templates that are used to make sheet masks must match up with my face. I was able to get this mask to work, but it gave me more difficulty than any other mask I've used. Given that the yellow package is also a Prelab mask, I suspect I would have the same issue with that one. Did anyone else have problems with this mask fitting on their face?
I have yet to try The Face Shop Cherry Cherry Lips Modeling Lip Patch. My lips are in good condition right now, so I'm saving this for a time when they are dried out and gross. I love cranberry extract in skin products, so I'm sure I am going to love this moisturizing lip patch. Has anyone had a chance to try this yet? What did you think?
This was another fabulous month for Mask Maven. As long as you love Korean sheet masks, you're never going to have a bad month with this subscription. Many of the masks are either not available for sale in the US or available only for sale in multi-packs, so this is a great way to get a sampling of a variety of masks and figure out which types work best for your skin. Sometimes they have a month with masks that are meant for a particular skin issue (e.g., acne, aging, hydration), but, even if you don't have that concern, the masks are still going to contain nutrients that will make your skin happy. This month's Good Energy Garden theme was fun. The garden theme is perfect for March when spring is getting so close. I can't wait for the flowers to start blooming around here!
What did you think of this month's Mask Maven? Did you have a favorite mask? Did the theme work for you? I'd love to hear your thoughts!