Super Awesome AB Package Goodness!!!

Hey dolls! Long time no AB post, right?!?? 😛

The magnificently gorgeous Vanna over at Leaves of Yves sent me a super awesome box stuffed full of AB goodies, and I just had to show off share with you guys!! 😀 If you are into Asian beauty, subscription boxes and makeup, you’ll love her blog. She’s funny, thoughtful, and very thorough in her reviews! ❤

She sent me a bunch of full sized products, loads of samples, sheet masks, a heart shaped konjac sponge, pumice stones, some lip products, blotting papers, mask packs, a cute little stuffed snail. and a shit load of decants from her personal stash…not to mention a sweet handwritten note telling me what all the decants were. She’s the best, y’all T_T

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TonyMoly Hello Sheep Mask Sheet

Hey dolls! This is the mask from the first day of the  Soko Glam challenge! Finally! Yayyy XD

This is a mask from my bae, TonyMoly. I got it on eBay for $3.98 (!!) with free shipping. Kinda pricey for ONE mask, I know… but–but—it was a cute sheep! Can you blame me?? XD I bought this mask months ago and never used it… it was next up in my queue, so here it is!

sheep kawaii

This was too fucking cute not to use!

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Tony Moly I’m Real Tea Tree Mask Sheet

Hello dolls! Today’s mask is from my AB bae, TonyMoly.
I got this from Amazon in a pack of 11 different varieties for about $17 (it’s cheaper now on there so go run and buy some!! XD), which works out to about $1.54 for the individual mask. If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, surely you know by now now much I lurve TonyMoly masks…and TM in general XD
Well, yahhhh

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July Beauteque Mask Maven Pouch Unboxing

Hey lovelies! Today I am fiiiinally getting around to my July Mask Maven unboxing (unpouching?)!! 😀

It arrived quickly after they shipped it (since they shipped from NJ, I got it in two days) and I am quite excited to show you what’s inside!

To those who may not know, Mask Maven is a subscription service from Beauteque that sends 9 – 11 masks each month. It’s $15 plus $3.95 shipping a month, You can get a recurring subscription, in addition to buying individual monthly pouches.  (Please note that since I exclusively review sheet masks on this blog, there will only be brief details on the masks received in the July pouch. More in depth reviews will follow in the weeks to come. So many masks, so little time…:P)

I got a three month subscription… this was the last month of my sub run. I was not overly thrilled with the June pouch tbh (I got three masks that I had already…boo). I didn’t get a chance to review last month’s pouch… mostly because I was away for most of June and didn’t get it until I came back in early July…but also because of laziness XD I will talk about it in another post, I promise! Anyway, this month I got a foot mask, an eye mask, and seven sheets masks.

Enough chatter! On to the good shit!

This month’s pouch is pink! 😀

The sub comes in a seemingly random colored organza bag every month. They seemed to have changed up their enclosed card for this and last month’s subs!

Sorry for the shitty photo XD

July’s Mask Maven Brings you closer to Asian culture. Opera masks are used in Chinese theatre to help determine the attributes of the theatrical character. Typically the Opera masks are painted on the actor’s faces and the SNP Beijing Opera Brightening Sheet Mask emulates just that (OMG yayyyy 😀 😀 😀 – Deena) The main color of the sheet mask is black which indicates that the character is neutral or impartial but has integrity. So slap on the SNP Beijing Opera Brightening Sheet Mask, but please don’t be impartial on sheet masks!

I thought that was fucking adorable! And yayyy for a character mask (my first ever! Why have I waited so long?? XD)

I like that they’re being more descriptive, both of the masks they include and the overall theme. I like most of all that this pouch seems curated, way more so than the May pouch I received from them. Good marks, Beauteque!

Yadda yadda, what’s inside the damn pouch right??

AngelLooka Ultra Moisturizing Foot Mask Pack

Mediheal Black Eye Anti-Wrinkle Mask

Esfolio Gold Mask – Gold Essence

Holika Holika Ceramide + Honey

Esfolio Milk Essence Mask Sheet

Aww, yeah! TonyMoly I’m Real Skin Purifying Mask

Urban Dollkiss Welcome to Korea Money Masks in Revitalize (green) and Skin Clear (pink). These are just too fun! 

And last, but certainly not least: SNP Beijing Opera Brightening Sheet Mask

Since Beauteque was so generous as to put a blurb about each product on the info card, let’s take a look-see, shall we?

  • AngelLooka Ultra Moisturizing Foot Mask Pack: this foot mask pack helps moisturize feet as it removes dead skin cells. FYI: this mask heats up upon application. //Heh, I will put this to the task! 
  • Mediheal Black Eye Anti-Wrinkle Mask: This anti-wrinkle eye care mask revitalizes skin elasticity under the eyes with effective components such as phyto black complex, marine collagen, and silk peptide. //Sounds awesome! I’ll save this for when I’ve had a real bender the night before XD
  • Esfolio Gold Mask – Gold Essence: Containing colloidal gold, this sheet mask is great for alleviating stressed skin by adding elasticity and nutrition. //Damn, that’s fahncy! XD
  • Holika Holika: A well loved brand, Holika Holika aims to enhance natural beauty… //blah blah blah, they sent shit randomly. I got the Ceramide + Honey variety. I recently tried another from the ceramide line and I really liked it. 
  • Esfolio Milk Essence Mask Sheet: Milk protein is effective in keeping the skin clean and help to increase skin elasticity and moisture. //Got milk, baby? XD I got nothing for this one. Looks interesting?
  • TonyMoly I’m Real Skin Purifying Mask: Loved by Asian Beauty experts and newbies alike! The cute packaging attracts the novice, but the amazing effects of the mask keep the seasoned beauty lover coming back for more. //blah blah, they sent them randomly. I got the Skin Purifying one. Major props for some TM love!!! I loves me some TM masks! Although, wait a minute…I think I have this already….
  • Urban Dollkiss Welcome to Korea Money Masks: Unique to Beauteque! These masks are formulated to either lift, revitalize, clean, moisturize, or repair skin. //They sent two of these randomly. I got Revitalize and Skin Clear. I just love the packaging! I also love the company (formerly Baviphat). Their First Essence is amazing, and their lemon brightening sleep pack is lovely too :3
  •  SNP Beijing Opera Brightening Sheet Mask: The active ingredient of coconut water immediately replenishes moisture yo dry skin and improves skin function. ///Ahh coconut water!! It’s the third ingredient, which is followed by niacinamide!!! I am gonna try this one in the next few days, y’all O_O

Oh, so I did get another duplicate in this pouch?! *le sigh*  Well. At least this time I didn’t buy my dupe from Beauteque XD I have a lot of masks… almost 250 by my last count. I actually have a spreadsheet for my masks, which I will share (along with a blank one for you guys!) in a future post.

So this was the last of my three month sub. Will I renew?? I unfortunately will not be renewing my sub with them right now. I have more than enough masks for the rest of the year…. and beyond, even using them once a day XD You know it’s bad when you’re getting shit you already have from subs!! I also have many, many masks on various wishlists, thanks to the great enabling nature of the Asian Beauty community XD

I will get another sub from them in the future. They seem to be finally finding their footing with this service, and I cannot wait to see how far they come (heh) in future pouches!

I hope you enjoyed the unpouching of this month’s Mask Maven. Please feel free to request a mask for me to review from these! I started booking my masks in advance, and I can see me using a couple from these picks in the coming weeks… but with so many masks, how can a sheet mask maven choose?? 😛

xoxox,

Deena

MOTD: TonyMoly ‘I’m Real’ Seaweed Mask

Hey dolls! Today’s mask is from one of my favorite AB companies, TonyMoly. They’re a Korean based company who have managed to make quite a name for themselves here in the States. They have two retail locations in NYC (they just had the grand opening for their official flagship store a few weeks ago! I totes missed it T_T)

Anyway, I bought this mask with its 10 sisters from Amazon. I bought them for $16.99, which works out to about $1.54 a mask, and it’s cheaper now! Bastards. It’s loads cheaper than buying it directly from the store (I bought some from the TM retail store for $3.45 each). I can tell you definitively that they are legit (at least the ones I got…) as I had my bae red wine from TM and have used the one from this kit and they were exactly the same.

According to Yesstyle, the mask description is as follows:

Nutrient-rich seaweed mask nourishes and purifies with select marine flora that purge skin of impurities and restore vitality to a lackluster complexion. 

The featured ingredient is Fucus Vesiculosus Extract (also known as bladderwrack). This plant is known for its antioxidant and water binding properties,. It has also been shown in lab studies to improve skin elasticity and thickening of the skin. Short, but simple and awesome. Sounds like something my skin might want to drink in 😛

Seaweed has been enjoying a lot of love in the AB (and now also Western Beauty!) community, thanks to the ever-elusive (but seemingly now in stock!!) Whamisa masks that are made with kelp instead of cotton or whatever other pulpy shit they use to make masks. People rant and rave about these masks, but I am not sure I am ready to fork over $14 for one mask when I can get 11 TM masks for the same price. But I digress, as usual.

So did the mask live up to the hype?? On to the review!

Mask Details: This mask had a nice clean smell; I’d even venture enough to say it smelled kind of fresh. It’s a “three layer” cotton mask, It was thin and soaked with essence, There was enough left to rub on my neck and boobs 😛 Like its sister that was previously reviewed (the red wine mask) it was thin but easy to peel apart and it settled on my face nicely.

Mask Fit: Like most sheet masks I’ve tried, this had a standard not-quite-right fit but it didn’t cover my whole face. It stopped short about 1/2 in from my ears :/ I remembered how fragile the red wine mask was, and this was exactly the same. I ended up stretching out the mouth hole while wearing it XD

First Impression:  I kept it on for almost a whole episode of True Detective (about 45 minutes), as it started to dry out around the chin area. When I took it off, my face stayed plump and moist for about 5 or so minutes while the essence soaked in, I continued with my ritual and went about my business.

Final Thoughts: Well, I must say that my skin feels nice today (yayyy :D). My skin is nice and clear, although I do have a pimple that sprouted up… but it was one I knew was coming (the spot has been kind of tender for the last couple of days. Booo). I wonder if the purifying that was promised has something to do with it? Hmm. In any case,  I really liked this mask.  Would I buy this again?? Most definitely. This is the fourth TM mask from the “I’m Real” line that I’ve tried and really liked! This definitely helped this line of masks earn Holy Grail status for me. I even made a meme:

#sorrynotsorry Taylor XD

Feel free to use the meme as you please 😛
SO yeah,.. take thine ass to Amazon and buy the multipack. So far, all of the masks I’ve tried were awesome and totes worth the $17 I paid.
Until next time, where I will have some snaily goodness to share with you,
xoxox
Deena 

MOTD: TonyMoly ‘I’m Real’ Red Wine Mask

That’s some fancy packaging, there.

Hello my darlings!

Today’s mask is the TonyMoly ‘I’m Real’ Red Wine Mask, which is made by TonyMoly, a Korean based company. This was also apart of my Awesome Haul post, which you can read more about pricing and where I bought it here. This is one of the more famous Korean skin care companies here in the States: they have two stores in NYC (I’ve been to one, it’s where I got this mask :D), plus you can find their shit on Sephora! Wowzers!

This mask’s featured ingredient is red wine, aka every reality TV housewife’s liquid gold XD

Red wine is a favorite skin indulgence for the nouveaux riche (it has spawned its own cult beauty ritual called vinotherapy!) but apparently they may be on to something… leave it to the rich people to think of wasting gallons of perfectly good booze to look younger *sigh*.

Anyway, according to Sephora, the mask description is as follows:

This sheet mask treatment is infused with real red wine extracts and rosemary to address enlarged pores while purifying, refining, and tightening skin. Perfect for troubled skin, it soothes the complexion with jasmine and green tea extracts for a refined complexion. Each mask features a three-layer durable cotton sheet for better absorption and deeper penetration of essence—resulting in a healthy-looking glow.

Interesting, But does it live up to the hype?? *dun dun dun*

On to the review!

Mostly in Korean, but there’s English too! I would think so, since you can buy this at Sephora…
Closeup of the English print.

Mask Details: This mask is made from cotton, It was thin and soaked with essence, There was enough left to rub on my neck and boobs 😛 Although thin, this mask was easy to peel apart and settled on my face nicely. It smelled faintly like sweet wine. I thought it was just my imagination, but I had Mr. A (my boyfriend) do a sniff test and asked him to guess what it was made with… he guessed correctly.

Mask Fit: This had a standard not-quite-right fit (like most masks so far…) but unlike my current favorite mask (Missha Honey Butter), this one did not cover my whole face. It stopped short about 1/2 in from my ears :/ It ripped at the mouth hole while I was chewing gum, so not a very hardy mask either 😦

First Impression: Despite all the frowns in the fit department, I really liked this mask. I kept it on for only a half hour though, as it started to dry out around the chin area. It did feel really nice on my face, and when I took it off, my face stayed nice and moist for about 5 or so minutes while the essence soaked in, I continued with my normal ritual (no sleeping pack last night lol) and went to bed.

Final Thoughts: When I looked in the mirror today, the pores that looked bigger than the fucking bathroom I was in (but seriously… I could count the ones on my forehead…) were noticeably smaller *whew*. Despite smelling like a desperate housewife for a half hour, it seemed to accomplish one of its claims: my pores look smaller. My skin feels nice and clean today too 😀 Would I buy this again?? FUCK YES but not from the TM store directly. I found a pack of 10 for less than $17 on Amazon, which works out to a little less than $1.70 a mask: less than half the price I paid at the retail store -__-

Learn form me kiddos: price check before you buy shit. I don’t really mind paying retail for the one I reviewed (as I went to the actual flagship store) but I will not make that mistake again with the “I’m Real” mask line, There’s also a multi pack of all 11 kinds on Amazon for less than $17 (totes jumped into my cart *shrug*). I have one more from this line that I bought at the same time, so look for the review of that one soon!

What will I use tonight??? So much fucking selection, I have no idea! 😛

Til tomorrow xoxoxo

Mask Mail #1 AKA Super Awesome Sheet Mask Haul

Hey, I’m still alive 😛

I went away for about a week, and I was so busy I didn’t get a chance to blog! Gah! I still wanna stick with this though…so here I am 🙂

When I discovered sheet masks a few weeks ago, I went batshit crazy nuts ordering masks and other cool Korean skincare goodies, so I ordered a bunch of stuff and packages have been pouring in! You know it’s bad when the mail person knows who you are, even though you’ve only been living at your current address for less than 6 months XD

This is a super awesome haul post: I got four (!!) hauls to share with you…. would have been nicer as individual posts but *shrug* I got two in today, one was waiting for me when I got back home, and the last was acquired whilst away.

Anyway, on to the goodies!

Haul #1 TonyMoly and The Face Shop

I took this while waiting for guests to arrive at my friend’s surprise party :3

I actually got these in person! It was my best friend’s birthday, so I took her to Koreatown in NYC and we had a fabulous lunch, then of course we had to hit up two of the most well known Korean skincare vendors :3 From  TM I got three masks, snail moisture gel (ZOMG amayyyyyzing!!!), a lip mask, and a gold black sugar scrub (looove this!!!! It has flakes of real gold in it!!). I got 8 masks from The Face Shop. I have to say, both shops are tiny as FUCK. My fat ass could barely turn around in TM XD So far, I’ve used one of the TM masks (Mung bean; pretty interesting, Made my face tingle… I kept it on anyway [lol] and [luckily] it didn’t cause any irritation or breakout. It left my skin feeling tighter and smoother the next day!), one of TFS’s masks (pearl; it was meh. It was like a heavy paper that didn’t seem to have a lot of essence soaked in …dried pretty fast too) and I gave one to my bestie’s ma 🙂

Haul #2: Malie Masks

You can buy them here, though it seems like this seller raised their prices. Bummer. You can find a better deal from another seller though 😛

I got these from eBay Seller konanshop. It was $20.40 (w/ free shipping :P) for 38 masks + 4 nose strips!!!

These masks are such a great fucking deal. It works out to be ~$0.54 a piece, even less if we factor in the nose strips (but they were a free gift! XD) Not only that, the seller shipped the day after I paid and I got it two days before the ETA. Awesomeness. I’ve used one of these so far: Pomegranate. It smelled like real pomegranates, and it made my face feel pretty great 😀

Haul #3: Missha and TonyMoly

Isn’t that sheep mask pkg the cutest ever??? D’aww.

I got these from eBay seller iamlove-shop. The Missha Gourmet Honey Butter masks (5) were $6.98 (so a “splurge” for me lol) and the TonyMoly Year of the Sheep mask was (wait for it…) $3.98 with “free shipping” (with prices like these, the shipping is definitely built in. I found these masks cheaper on TesterKorea [and even the TM shop in NYC had the sheep mask for $3.60! Fuck me.] oh well). On the up side, they sent me a nice amount of samples! 😀

I just got these in today, so I haven’t had a chance to use them. Stay tuned for these mask reviews coming soon!

Haul #4 Missha and Mizon

I fucking love the pkging of the Mizon masks… just cracks me up… Kylie Jenner, anyone? XD

I got these from eBay seller ideaseller_kr. The Missha Aloe masks were $4.14 for a set of three and the Mizon No.1 Moist King’s Berry Masks were $9.99 for a set of 7. Not too shabby price wise (I think….). I also just got these in today, so you’ll see the reviews for these eventually. I got other things with the masks:

This is the rest of the stuff I bought from this seller… just showing off, really. Too lazy to list all the things XD
These are all the samples I got from this order. I hit the sample jackpot!!!! 😀

So there goes my super awesome haul post…. It took me awhile to reorganize my medicine cabinet, and I think my mask collection is about to outgrow its current home (aka a Ukala boot box XD)

I think I will try the Missha Honey Butter mask tonight. I can’t wait! 😀

Til then xoxox