Beauteque’s Mask Maven : June 2015

As many of you have probably noticed by my Empties posts, I went full force into Asian Beauty, and with that comes sheet masks galore. And since I’m attempting not to haul from Korea at every paycheck, subscribing to things like Beauteque’s Mask Maven is helping to cull some of the spending.

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Beauteque’s Mask Maven is a monthly subscription where you get an assortment of Asian masks for $15 with a US shipping price of $3.95. This month, we only got sheet masks (I’m okay with that since I haven’t really touched a clay mask since picking up sheet masks). There are 9 masks from varying brands – 3W Clinic and Nature Republic were the repeated brands this month.

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A plus from last month is they started adding info cards into the bags, which I think is really awesome. They’re really simple in that it’s just the brand and name of the mask, along with a short description of the benefits. One thing I’d like for them to add to this info card is the amount they charge on their website – that way I can be slightly lazy and not have to look for them myself.

IMG_7276EWe also got a small note of thanks included in this month, which I thought was a nice addition.
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Empties #18: May 2015

Wow, is this Empties post late or what? I kind of took a couple week break from blogging, and I’m trying to get back into it now which means that I need to get my  May and June empties out of the way, along with the other subscription things I missed out on. And then we’ll get to the real product reviews again.

IMG_7182EMay saw a lot of sheet mask usage – a haul from RoseRoseShop and signing up for Beauteque’s Mask Maven basically doubled my inventory so I’m trying to figure out what I like and don’t like.

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Black Violet Creme Soap – Secret Passage
I haven’t used a Black Violet creme soap in a long time. Compared to Savor’s Whipped Soaps, these don’t lather as much. Mine was also pretty gritty and I found chunks of unblended shea butter. The scent was okay – it was fruity while also being candy sweet. I wouldn’t repurchase the scent or the soap, and just wanted to finish it before my next Blackbox shipment.
Repurchase? No.
Value: $4.50 for 2 ounces ($2.25/oz)

Savor Creme Fraiche Whipped Soap – Angel Food Cake
This is still my favorite Savor scent, and I typically have at least one of these stashed away in my bath & body drawer. It’s so almond-y and angel food cake-y, and I feel like I’m bathing in Angel Food Cake. If that’s not your thing, then you might want to pass, but it’s a staple in my stash.
Repurchase? Yes!
Value: $10 for 8 ounces ($1.25/oz)

Savor Creme Fraiche Whipped Soap – Mandarin Plum
This smells like plastic to me. I thought there was so much potential, but all I got every time I used it was plastic. I still like the Savor formula, it’s lathery and great, but I just couldn’t get behind this scent.
Repurchase? Not in this scent.
Value: $4.50 for 2 ounces ($2.25/oz)

Savor Creme Fraiche Whipped Soap – Red Lychee Bubble Tea
I actually really liked the scent of this. It’s very similar to the Lychee Rose sugar scrub, but without the floral. I don’t think this will replace the Angel Food Cake as my standard scent, but I think this would make a great addition to any gifts that I wind up giving.
Repurchase? Sure, for gifts.
Value: $4.50 for 2 ounces ($2.25/oz)

Savor Creme Fraiche Whipped Soap Scrub – Coconut Lime
I didn’t like Coconut Mochi and wound up sending that to a friend so I was a little hesitant about this one when I got it as a free sample. I’m actually pleasantly surprised! It did smell like coconut, but not like sunscreen. The lime added a nice hint of citrus. I’m not sure that I would pick it up again (I’m pretty loyal to Lychee Rose as a scrub scent), but I wouldn’t be disappointed having it in my possession either.
Repurchase? No.
Value: $4.50 for 2 ounces ($2.25/oz)

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Beauty Beyond Borders (3B) – June 2015

I had a really good mail day a few weeks ago. I got a Darling Girl order in, along with my Visage, and my 3B. I look forward to the 3B because it’s always fun to see how they curate for the month.

IMG_7194EAs a reminder of how Beauty Beyond Borders works, for $12 each month, you get sent an assortment of Korean beauty products which includes skincare, haircare, and makeup. This month, we got four items, which seems like fewer than what we’ve gotten in the past.

IMG_7193EThis month had more makeup than what I’ve seen included before – and of course that excites me because makeup!

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Preen Cosmetics – Lipsticks in Mourning Dove, Rose Robin, Varied Bunting, Bullfinch, and Frigatebird

A little over a month ago, I got a message from Jenn from The Maquillage Magpie letting me know she was about to open up her shop and wanted to know if I would be willing to review some of her products. Of course I jumped on that because she was releasing lipsticks and you all know that lipsticks are one of my favorite things. A few days later an announcement went up that she was opening, and I received a very, very generous package of her entire lineup.

IMG_7168EThere are currently five lipsticks available in Preen Cosmetics’ shop, along with a few flavors of lip balms.

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Beauteque BB Bag – June 2015

I’m impressed. This month, I got my Beauteque BB Bag the day that my subscription renewed. It’s so much better than when they first started and I hadn’t received anything until either the last week of the month or the first week of the following month. It gives me confidence in their ability to run two subscriptions.

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This month’s theme was Sizzling Summer. The items included should remind you of summer, and for the most part I found the included products to do that (at least in a sense).

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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’s products!

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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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