Beauteque Mask Maven Review, May 2016

Beauteque Mask Maven, $15 per month plus $3.95 shipping US; ships internationally, click here for shipping rates

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This baby bun reminds me of Emmett when he was little!  She got to check out the Beauteque Mask Maven bag.  I think she liked it as much as Emmett did when he was little!  So cute!

Beauteque's Mask Maven is a monthly subscription that contains nine to eleven masks from Korea (and occasionally Japan).  Most of the masks are sheet masks for the face.  Each month, they always have one or two that are different -- either a powder or liquid mask for the face or a mask for a body part other than the face (e.g., feet, hands, eyes, chin, lips, hair).  Korea is known for having amazing masks, but it can be hard to find many of the brands in the US, and, when you can find them, their masks are often sold in multi-packs.  Who wants to buy a 5-pack of a mask you've never tried?  This subscription helps you figure out which companies and mask ingredients work best for you.  While Korean skincare might contain ingredients that sound a little strange to those outside of Korea, the ingredients are used because they work well.  Chances are, you'll see those same ingredients in products worldwide in a couple of years! 

Beauteque sent me this Mask Maven free of charge for review.

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Here's what was inside my May Beauteque Mask Maven:

The May Beauteque Mask Maven was worth approximately $22.63.  I've linked to the masks that I could find on reputable websites.  For masks I couldn't find online, I estimated the value to be around $2.50 per mask.  Mask Maven never has an amazing value because most masks cost only a couple of bucks.  You don't get Mask Maven for the monetary value, though.  You get it so that you can try a variety of masks that you probably wouldn't be able to find outside of Korea.  That's where the value is.  

May's Mask Maven theme was Hydration Station.  Emily and I are never able to try every mask before I write the review because there are only so many we can use in a short period of time.  With the ones we were unable to try, I'll just write a quick description of what the mask is supposed to do for your skin.

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First up are the No:hj sheet masks in Snail (pink) and Hyaluronic Acid (green).  There's not a word of English on either of these packages, which is surprisingly uncommon.  Fortunately, Mask Maven comes with a product information card that tells you about each mask.  Emily tried the Hyaluronic Acid because her skin always needs moisture and I tried the Snail because my skin likes to break out.  We both found these masks to be a little difficult to unfold and there was excessive liquid in the package.  The masks also fit strangely.  Emily found the hyaluronic acid mask to be very hydrating.  The snail mask is supposed to help with healing and I found that it did help.  While we liked the effects of the No:hj masks, they were a little hard to use.

For those of you who don't know much about Korean skincare, snail mucus is a common ingredient.  While it sounds gross, it works really well.  Don't worry, the snails were not hurt in mucus collection.  They let them slither over screens and collect the mucus from the screens.  Escargot farmers in Korea noticed that cuts on their hands healed considerably faster than cuts on other parts of their body.  They realized that the snail mucus had healing properties and started using it in skincare.

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Emily used both the Aritaum Hyaluronic Acid and Aritaum Pearl masks.  Emily really loved this month's theme because her skin can always use more hydration!  The Hyaluronic Acid mask was supposed to moisturize and the Pearl was supposed to brighten your skin.  She said that these masks fit better and than the No:hj masks and had no scent to them.  Her face felt very moisturized after using the Hyaluronic Acid mask and her skin tone looked more even and radiant after using the Pearl, so she liked both of these a lot.  

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As you might have guessed, I used the Scinic Snail Matrix Essence Mask and Emily used the Scinic Hyaluronic Acid Essence Mask.  I'm glad that these snail masks came when they did.  I had a horrible breakout and the snail masks helped my face heal up a lot faster.  I preferred this mask to the No:hj snail mask because it wasn't sopping wet and it fit my face better.  Emily said hers was very moisturizing.  She thought this one fit her face better, but said that the No:hj Hyaluronic Acid Mask was more hydrating.

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I've seen Korean skincare products with red wine online, but I've never gotten anything with red wine in my subscriptions.  I couldn't wait to try this!  The My Beauty Diary Red Wine Mask smells strongly of very sweet grape juice.  This mask contains antioxidants, so it's great for fighting signs of aging, and the fruit acids in it are gently exfoliating and brightening.  This mask contained a lot of liquid, but it was easy to use and the material the mask was made of seemed to be of high quality.  The eye holes were a little strangely placed, but I was able to make it work.  My skin felt very smooth and firm after I used this.  The liquid isn't red, it's clear, so you won't have to worry about wine staining your skin or clothing.  I think this mask might have been my favorite of all the masks this month.  

Normally, all Mask Maven subscribers get the same masks with some slight variation.  This month was a little different, though.  There was a "mystery mask" listed at the bottom of the product info card.  My mystery mask was the Skin 9 Village Super Puppy Whitening Honey Mask.  This is one of those adorable Korean masks that has an animal print on it.  I often save these for last because they're almost too cute to use!  I haven't used this mask yet.  This mask contains royal jelly and is supposed to brighten skin, even skin texture out, and combat signs of aging.  I'm looking forward to using this.

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I also haven't used the Mediheal Parrafin Foot Mask.  You're supposed to wash your feet, then strap these little mask booties on your feet for 15 to 20 minutes.  It's supposed to be very exfoliating.  

This was a fun month from Mask Maven!  The masks fit the Hydration Station theme very well for the most part.  The No:hj Snail Mask wasn't my favorite because I found it to be difficult to use, but I liked all the masks I tried and so did Emily.  This subscription is the perfect way to find out which Korean skincare ingredients work best for your skin without breaking the bank.