Beauteque’s Mask Maven – May 2015

I’ve been trying to figure out how to do this review because while I go through a ton of sheet masks each month, I didn’t go through quite a few of these. I’ve made it a point to try to use the majority of the masks included, and that usually means trying out between 7 and 10 masks each month. That’s not a huge deal – I go through at least 3 to 4 each week – so I think these reviews will wind up appearing when I’ve tried out the majority of the masks included.

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I was subscribed to the Beauteque BB Bag when they first started at the beginning of the year, and because of a few hiccups I decided to cancel it. Then, it seemed that they started getting everything together, so I decided to resign up, and when I did I decided to also try out the Mask Maven because one can never have too many sheet masks, right? (You can, but I’ve been trying to do a few sheet masks a week, so I’m keeping my stock up).

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The Beauteque Mask Maven monthly subscription works by sending you 9 to 11 masks for $15 + 3.95 shipping ($18.95 total) each month. If you sign up for a longer subscription term, which bills you all at one time, you can get the masks for a cheaper price.

This month came with 7 sheet masks, 1 wash off mask, and 1 scrub pack.

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Beauteque Monthly BB Bag – May 2015

Beauteque seems to have gotten their stuff together (at least a little more than when I first subscribed – which wound up making me cancel after two months) so I decided to retry it. I just received my June bag, so I think that means it’s about time for me to get out the May review.

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As a reminder of how the BB Bag works, for $24 + $3.95 shipping each month, you get a minimum of 7 products. They ship in a makeup bag similar to Ipsy. Beauteque is known for their shop which sells Asian beauty products, so that’s the majority of what shows up in each bag. At times, they do include some random non-Asian products (for example, the first month I got had a Milani blush/bronzer duo that left a lot to be desired). Anyways – onto this month!

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This month’s theme was Marvelous May and came with 8 products.

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Hello Waffle Visage – May 2015

I suck at getting my subscription reviews out in time. Last month I got the April Visage post in the first week of May, and it seems May’s Visage is no different.

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As a reminder of how this subscription works, for $25 each month, you get a box filled with a full face assortment of products. I think this is a fabulous way of doing a subscription because you’re almost always guaranteed to get a cohesive look with the products sent.

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This month came with 8 products in it – 4 shadows, 1 blush, 1 highlighter, 1 Beso Balm from guest indie KaeQ and 1 mini perfume rollerball from guest indie Midsummer Dreams Apothecary.

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The Visage was shipped a little later than usual this month due to one of the guest indies being late with their product, but that’s not a huge deal to me because I always get my subscription before the end of the month and before another billing cycle. I get wary when I get charged for things before the month has shipped out, which has happened before with other subscriptions.

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Hello Waffle : The Greek Gods and Goddesses Collection

Hello Waffle just released a new collection Friday – The Greek Gods and Goddesses. Christine was kind enough to send me the collection as press samples, and the sun finally came out yesterday after a week of rain.

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There are 9 shadows in the collection, with the artwork done by the talented /u/MAKEUP5EVER.

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Empties #17: April 2015

This month I made a decent dent in my skincare stash – you can see that I got through a total of 9 sheet masks this month. I put myself on a low buy for makeup and skincare, and I think it’s helping me get through the pretty massive sheet mask collection that I’ve accrued. I have a KoreaDepart cart that has about 20 new sheet masks in it, but I’m really holding off until I get through more (or maybe pay day, depending on how the month is going).

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At first I didn’t think I had anything other than Bath & Body and Skincare, but I found two makeup things!

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Bath & Body

Black Violet Body Butter in Luau Lounge
I was on a body butter kick last year and stockpiled quite a few. I’m getting through that stash pretty well, and I think I only have one more Black Violet one hidden away. I think that the formula is okay, but not worth repurchasing for. Luau Lounge is supposed to smell like passion fruit and tangerine, but it smelled like a fruity coconut to me, and my mom smelled violets.
Repurchase? No, it’s been discontinued.
Value: $8 for 4 ounces ($2/oz)

L’Occitane Hand Cream – Almond
This was part of my Use It or Lose it for March, and I finished it up just at the beginning of April. The L’Occitane Hand Creams are nice enough, but I don’t feel the need to keep one in my purse considering the amount of hand creams I’ve gotten through subscription boxes.
Repurchase? No.
Value: $4.20 for 0.35 ounces

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Buttercream
I was curious about this body cream because I really like the Soap & Glory line but I do think it’s a bit overpriced at Sephora (it’s a drugstore brand in the UK). This cream is really, really thick. It would be better suited for a morning cream rather than a night cream because it locks in heat and moisture.
Repurchase? No.
Value: $0.72 for 0.33 ounces

Haus of Gloi Bubbling Scrub in Cozy Rose
I quite like Haus of Gloi’s bubbling scrub, and when I originally compared the two different scrubs HoG carries I said that this was my preferred one. I’m not sure if that still holds true – I think I went through this jar a lot faster than when I used the sugar exfoliant. It might be because I didn’t like the Cozy Rose scent (it just smelled like old incense with a rosy twist. I think if you like Cozy Sweater (unfortunately it triggered migraines for me), you might like this one.
Repurchase? Nope, not in this scent.
Value: $3.50 for 2 ounces ($1.75/oz)

Haus of Gloi Sugar Exfoliant in Odette
The sugar exfoliant is starting to grow on me, probably because I’ve been having a a really pesky dry spot that I keep trying to fix on my ankle. I absolutely love the scent Odette (it smells fresh and clean, I’ve seen a lot of people compare it to smelling like soap which I don’t mind). I really wish I bought more of the products in Odette, but I’ll have to survive with the full sized perfume I got instead.
Repurchase? Maybe in the future, but this scent is out.
Value: $4 for 2 oz ($2/oz)

Not Soap, Radio in The Stuff that Cupid Dips His Arrows In
I got this from a Birchbox way back when, and it was really baffling as to what it was supposed to be. I think it’s supposed to be a bubble bath mixture, but since I don’t take baths (and didn’t realize that’s what it was for), I wound up just using it as a body wash. I wouldn’t say it’s the best – the scent was okay, the lathering was okay – and I probably won’t be investing in any of their things at the moment.
Repurchase? No.
Value: $1.83 for 1.5 fluid ounces
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Beauty Beyond Borders (3B) – May 2015

Oh hey, my Beauty Beyond Borders box came in! I look forward to this subscription every month, and I’m always excited to see it in the mail.

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As a reminder of how this works, Beauty Beyond Borders, otherwise known as 3B, sends a mix of 4-5 sample and full sized Asian products each month for $12. This month came with four items.

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By Terry : Eye Designer Palette in Smokey Nude

April was a rough month for me in terms of my low buy. I pretty much threw it out the window because it was my birthday and I found a few things I really wanted during the Sephora sale. Then, to top it off, the awesome Jules from The Brauhaus went to IMATS and offered to pick me up some goodies which I of course decided to take her up on. Thankfully I wasn’t tempted by the Make Up For Ever palettes that just got released… Anyways, one of the things I was most excited for was the release of the By Terry Eye Designer Palettes. I knew I was only going to pick up one, and I knew it was going to be the neutral palette.

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I expected the Smokey Nudes palette to have a few more purple tones in it, so I was a little surprised when I opened it up. In fact, I was a little disappointed. I decided to give it a chance though – there’s no reason to ignore it because it didn’t have enough purple for me. The case it comes in is purple and plastic. This kind of gets stuck to any other plastic palettes that you’re storing with it. So far, there hasn’t been any damage to the case, such as the pattern transferring to the other palette which is what I was most concerned about.

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There are seven matte shades and three satin ones.

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Hello Waffle Visage – April 2015

I don’t know where April went. It was here, then I celebrated my birthday with lots of food, and then it all of a sudden disappeared. This Hello Waffle Visage review is really late, and I’m sorry about that, but on the plus side the store will be opening with the extras soon so at least I made it before then? Anyways, onto the subscription.

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One of my favorite things about the Visage is the packaging. I actually keep the ribbons in an attempt to use them in my hair (though since I cut it I don’t quite get to use them like that as much). It feels like I’m getting a present every month, even though I pay for it.

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This month’s theme was The Paper Bag Princess. I had never heard of this fairy tale before, but I actually really enjoyed it when I read it. This month included two Hello Waffle shadows, a bronzer, two slimline lip colors, and an eyeshadow from guest indie Dark Matter Makeup.

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XO Memebox : Nylon Sweet Sixteen Eye & Cheek Palette Giveaway Results

I recently reviewed the XO Memebox : Nylon Sweet Sixteen Eye & Cheek Palette and had a giveaway to send a reader the palette that I bought for myself since Memebox was kind enough to send me one for review.

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There was a total of 13 entries, which I put into an Excel file.

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Using the RANDBETWEEN function, I had Excel find me a random number between 1 and 13, and it gave me the number 10! So congrats to Jules! I’ll be contacting you to send out the palette.

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Beauty Beyond Borders (3B) – April 2015

Oh hey, look! My 3B box! As I say every month, this is one of the things I get monthly that I get super excited about. I’ve actually had this review (almost) ready to go since I got it two weeks ago, but as you can tell I haven’t been updating the blog as much as I would like to. The weather here is all about thunderstorms and hail in April, so I haven’t had as much time to swatch all my pretty new goodies that I’ve gotten from the Sephora sale, along with what Jules from The Brauhaus picked up for me at IMATS.

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Anyways, onto 3B. As a reminder of how this works, for $12 a month, you get a mix of deluxe sized samples and full sizes of Asian beauty products. It includes makeup, skincare, and random bath and body products.

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