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Beauteque May 2015 Beauty Bag

Hey guys! Happy Friday! Today’s post is on a beauty bag subscription that I’ve recently been offered to try out for a month. The company is Beauteque and they run a monthly subscription service over at Beautequemonthly.com with several options to select from. Each month’s beauty bag contents will include 7 to 8 full-sized products. These vary from makeup to skincare to fashion and lifestyle products. You have a hand in what options to select for some products such as scent of something with fragrance or color of some of the items. There is a survey format email sent on the 15th of each month with regards to what options are offered for those items. If no selection is made, Beauteque will make the selection for you. The bags are shipped out starting the 15th of each month and there are 4 options in their price packages:

Month to Month = $24/month
3 months = $24/month
6 months = $23/month
12 months = $22/month

The first 2 are basically the same except the first one has no commitment to a future subscription. You get billed on the 15th of each month when doing the month to month option while all others are prepaid. If you subscribe after the 5th then your first shipment is for the next month. Now let’s move on to what May’s bag for me contains, shall we?

Beauteque May 2015 Beauty Bag

The insert that came with the bag contains a price breakdown and description of each item. Let’s start with the May Island Donkey Milk Skin Masks.

May Island Donkey Milk Skin Masks

I got 2 in this bag: a mela-tox and a wrinkle filler one. I thought this was a very interesting product and I look forward to trying it out. The insert states: “Double your skin benefits with this three-step mask pack. To Use: Take the cleanser and rub into face, then wash off. Then apply ampoule onto entire face. On the last step, take the sheet mask and spread onto the face for 15-20 minutes. Then remove it from your face.” Instructions are pretty clear and it’s like other Korean sheet masks I’ve tried before.

Next item is one that stumped me a bit just by looking at the product packaging. It’s the Nature Republic By Flower Vivid Tint Bar.

Nature Republic By Flower Vivid Tint Bar

I wasn’t sure what it was and actually thought it’s something like a cheek tint or something because of the name. I read the insert and realized it’s a lip balm! The insert states: “This multitasker offers SPF15, jojoba oil, and beautiful color. This protects delicate lips from the harmful sun and moisturize them all at once. To Use: When lips are chapped or dry, use lip balm to moisturize lips.” This is the other item I had to make a selection for in terms of scent and flavor since the one I got is in Melon.

Then we have It’s Skin Mini Bebe Mist.

It’s Skin Mini Bebe Mist

The scent I got is in Sweet Peach. I remember having to select a scent and made a peach selection so this has to be one of the 2 products I had to select from a few given options. The insert states: “You can use this spritz on your body, as well as when you close your eyes to refresh your face. To Use: When your skin feels dry, spray onto face, and tap for absorption.” Interesting, eh?

The one that caught my eye the most is Mikatvonk Auto Eyeliner Pencil.

Mikatvonk Auto Eyeliner Pencil

I was hoping the packaging color is the shade of the actual product because it’s such a pretty jewel toned shade. But no luck — it’s plain black. I’m actually wearing it right now on my lower lash line….just putting it to the test. The insert describes it as the following: “Define eyes with this liner from Mikatvonk, a hot line from a leading Australian makeup artist! To Use: Apply from inner to outer corner of eyes and of either of both top and bottom lashline.”

Then we have The Face Shop Eyelash Curler.

The Face Shop Eyelash Curler

This has the following description in the insert: “A lash curler is the secret to multiplying lashes and adding explosive volume. To Use: Open the curler and clamp at the root of lashes, release after 20-30 seconds.” I’ve actually tried this one this morning. I didn’t like it as much as the current one from Revlon I’m using, which I found surprising because I actually thought an eyelash curler from an Asian brand would work better for me (I’m Asian). The shape is different from my Revlon one definitely….flatter.

Next is the Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Starter.

Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Starter

This product actually made my husband laugh. He asked me what in the world it is. The packaging is very cutesy and the insert states the following: “This gel helps to open your pores while eliminating buildup within them. Its pink clay ingredients helps absorb excess sebum and soften stubborn blackheads. To Use: After cleansing, apply to the area with blackheads and massage for 3 minutes. Then use lukewarm water to rinse off.”

Last item is the Nature Republic Bulgarian Rose Essence.

Nature Republic Bulgarian Rose Essence

This item is one of those I’m glad for the insert. It gives me an idea on what to use it for since I’ve never used a product like it. The insert states: “Vitamins A and C enliven skin, and rose moisturizes. To Use: Apply after cleansing and toning by rubbing into skin for a result you will start to see and feel immediately.”

Breakdown of the products according to the insert:

May Island Donkey Milk Skin Masks ($3.20 each) $ 6.40
Nature Republic By Flower Vivid Tint Bar 8
It’s Skin Mini Bebe Mist 11
Mikatvonk Auto Eyeliner Pencil 15
The Face Shop Eyelash Curler 7.60
Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Starter 10
Nature Republic Bulgarian Rose Essence 17

Total $ 75

Based on the breakdown, you’re getting a great value with this subscription service. The only thing is, as will most beauty subscriptions, not all items will be what you want or you’d actually get for yourself. For instance, while the eye liner pencil seems fairly nice….it doesn’t seem to be waterproof and $15 is more than I’m willing to pay for a brand I don’t know much about. Or the lip balm — while it’s nice and I appreciate it’s not a local brand, $8 is hefty (more than twice for a good brand) compared to what we can get here. Now, that may be the actual going price for this — I’m not saying it’s not. It’s just not a price I’d pay for a tinted lip balm on a regular basis. Also, I don’t use certain things so the prices may feel a little higher than I thought it should be. But if all prices are close to or just about what it really is then yes…it’s a great deal for $24. I actually look at everything I got and think that $24 isn’t that bad being that most, if not all, of these aren’t readily available to me here. I’m willing to pay a little bit more right off the bat for brands that aren’t available here like most of these featured in this month’s bag.

*Products featured here are provided by Beauteque for review. Link in post taking you to Beauteque’s website is a clickmeter for Beauteque’s tracking purposes. I am not compensated by it.*


Curtain Call: GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment

Hey guys! How are things looking for 2015 so far? I’m back at work today and it seems to be shaping up for a busy year. I couldn’t get the Bath & Body Works Sweet Shop Collection 3-wick candles out of my head so I proceeded to call every single White Barn store listed. No bueno though. I can only hope that they’re bringing it back this year since I missed out on that collection. I got into candles very late into the game (like early December last year). Today’s segment of Curtain Call covers a product that came in my ipsy November 2013 Glam Bag. It’s on my face as I write this. Here’s my take on the GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment.

At 1.7 fl oz / 50 g, this retails for $69 wherever sold. It’s a pretty high price point for a clay mask in my opinion. I received the 0.5 fl oz / 15 g one from ipsy. The description on their website reads the following:

“Originally designed as a 10-minute professional ‘facial in a jar’ for behind-the-scenes use in Hollywood’s Entertainment, Music, Fashion & Award industries. YOUTHMUD® provides gentle resurfacing exfoliation and helps to leave skin smoother, brighter, and softer resulting in immediate camera-ready glowing skin. For Men & Women of All Ages & All Skin Types. Get your Youthful Sexy Glow back in just 10 minutes. YOUTHMUD® for Super Sexy Super Radiant Skin.”

GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment

Verdict? The first time I tried it….I felt that it worked but not to my expectations based on what others have raved about. But now that I’ve used it a few times (about 4 from this small size), I’m ready to give it a fair and thorough review. I washed my face and dried it before applying a thin layer onto it. I can feel the skin on my face tightening as it dries. I do get the tingling sensation, which I find pleasant. The smell is earthy and minty at the same time — herbal I would say. I wait until almost every part of where I applied it to has dried up before I wash my face. When it dries, the dark grey color of the mask changes to a light grey. I can see a few spots where there are dark grey spots and this is how you know it works (it sucks out the oil from the pores). I then proceed to wash my face in a circular motion, scrubbing it every so slightly. It comes off pretty easy and I pat dry with a clean towel before applying face moisturizer. The only thing I didn’t like as much (okay, I hated this the first time I used it) is the presence of leaf particles and twigs. In the small tube I got, there was a decent amount of it. I like clay masks but prefer those that are smooth in texture or just not have chunky particles in it. I always wash my face at the kitchen sink when I use this. I didn’t want the stuff to clog up my master bathroom sink. Back to what didn’t meet my expectations the first time I used this, I have a stubborn blackhead right on my hairline near the forehead that wouldn’t go away. I even bruised the area once by trying to remove it by squeezing it (which you should never do). It is gone now! I think I didn’t leave it on long enough on that spot when I used it for the first time so it didn’t get a chance to suck up the gunk from the blackhead. I’m a believer, but only when it goes on sale. It’s priced a little too high for me to use it on a regular basis.

This product can easily be purchased on their website here or at various retailers such as Sephora, Lord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus, and Dillard’s.


Freeman Mystery Bag 2014

Hey guys! I’m sure most of you know about the Freeman Beauty Mystery Bag that went live a few days ago. I got the email and even saw it posted on my IG by a few beauty bloggers I know. I hemmed and hawed but only for a little bit before taking the plunge. This shipped out the same day I placed the order. Upon inspection when I opened everything, I noticed that something seems to be missing so I compared it to what I know someone else has gotten in their shipment as seen on Nouveau Cheap’s site here. Now this is everything that came with mine:

Freeman Mystery Bag 2014

My order comes with an extra travel size dry shampoo cause of the code WELCOME but notice that everything else I got is the same….with the exception that I’m short 8 sachet items. Here is the breakdown of my Mystery Bag:

Pssst! Instant Dry Shampoo Travel Size (not counting this since this is in addition to the Mystery Bag) – FREE
c. Booth Milk Bath & Shower Cleanser – $6.99
Pssst! Instant Dry Shampoo for Wavy or Curly Hair – $6.99
Feeling Beautiful Acai Facial Purifying Clay Mask – $3.99
Feeling Beautiful Chocolate & Strawberry Facial Clay Mask – $3.99
Bare Foot Spa Professional Moisturizing Massage Cream – $5.99
Barefoot Repair Overnight Foot Cream – $6.99
Eclos Plant Stem Cells Super Concentrate Night Booster Fluid (can’t find this anywhere except going for $19.50 on Amazon right now) – $19.50
Eclos Daily Hydra Primer SPF30 – $15.99
Vita-K Professionals Deep Facial Lines – $14.99

Travel size sachets (6 since 1 is my freebie with my order) – $1.99 x 6 = $11.94

TOTAL RETAIL VALUE OF MYSTERY BOX: $97.36

I emailed them to inquire if I am indeed missing some items since I got exactly the same things as what is seen from someone else (less 8 sachets). I just wanted to know since other people might be expecting to get X amount and only got Y amount (like what happened to me). I thought about several different scenarios that could’ve happened such as they mistakenly left 8 travel size sachets out of my order or they somehow mistakenly counted my free travel size dry shampoo offer against my Mystery Bag to everyone simply may just get more or less since their offer is “valued up to $100″. I held off buying another Mystery Bag because I was curious to see what the response was. It’s not a hill to die on whether I get the 8 sachets or not, but I want to know the reason behind it and that says a lot about companies. I just got a response this morning and it points to a scenario I didn’t even think of! Here is what they said:

“Dear K,

Thank you for contacting Freeman Beauty.

Our apologies for any misunderstanding with the offer, as please know that is the “mystery” with this promotion, and as our email blast states towards the bottom of the special:

“Some bags include a mystery treat for feet…will your bag be one of them?”

Thank you for your inquiry and for your patronage, and again our apologies for any misunderstanding with the promotion.

Best Regards,
Freeman Beauty”

So this response leads me to believe that the extra items that someone else got was a mystery treat for feet. Looking back at G’s post of what someone else got, seems to make sense since the missing sachets are mostly for the feet (only 1 of what I got is for the feet…the rectangular sachet). I just made a search online to see if someone else has gotten their Mystery Bag and looks like Beauty Hoard got hers too here and it’s exactly the same as mine (except for my free trial size dry shampoo). And looks like someone else got what I got (again, minus the travel size dry shampoo) and emailed them too receiving the same response. You can see it if you follow this on Reddit here. Now the thing left in question is on their website right now it says “get mystery treat for feet while supplies last!” so does this mean the supply is all gone? Their email response to me states that some bags include it, so it’s different from “while supplies last”. But eh….this is something that will confuse some customers for sure.

So I didn’t get $100 worth of stuff, but it’s close to it. Was it worth it still since last year’s was only $20 and valued at over $90? The % of savings you get definitely went down, so if you look at it that way — no. But I’m about to place another order just to see if I get some other stuff (I’m hoping for more clay masks really). Here’s a look at some of last year’s Mystery Bag breakdown from Hello Pretty Bird! and Zadidoll (and again here since she got 2).


ONE Natural Nighty Nite Tonic Hydrating Mask

I have recently come across this product and was pleasantly surprised with the results. I’ve never used a mask that came like this really. And I badly needed it when I was in Philly! I spent an afternoon in my Aunt and Uncle’s attic retrieving my suitcases from years ago and searching for baby clothes. You see, I left 2 suitcases there when I went to college and occasionally came back to add and/or remove stuff from them. Well, since I’ve been based in Oklahoma for the past 3.5 years I figured that I’ll just take them back with me when my Holiday visit is over. And as a lot of attics are….the one I was in is dusty and full of that insulation material. Those insulation fibres got me good and the skin around my nose area got really cracked. I plowed through the first 2 days after that miserably, but then I remember that I brought this product with me and decided to try it out. I was hoping that it would somehow help condition my skin well. Here’s ONE Nighty Nite Tonic Hydrating Mask.

ONE Natural Nighty Nite Tonic Hydrating Mask

The 1.2 fl oz / 35 g quantity packs a lot of goodness in a clear gel form for the cloth like mask. As you may have guessed, the gel is mostly made up of aloe vera and the product comes in a 100% recyclable foil packet that’s easy transport. And yes, the white cloth like mask is also 100% biodegradable, as shown in the picture. The front text reads “Relax * Rejuvenate * Recycle” and “recycle this package with your aluminum cans :)”. Also spotted is the now familiar “One moment to enjoy * One less thing in a landfill * One life to live * One planet to preserve” forming a circular frame sort of on the upper left corner of the packet.

What I love about this product? It’s so easy to use. Just open the packet and leave on face for 15-20 minutes. It left my face feeling very moisturized and rejuvenated. The coolness of the clear gel really hit the spot. Only tip I want to add is to start with lining up the mask to your forehead while using the holes of the eyes in the mask as a guide. That’s the easiest way for me when I tried it out. I don’t detect any scent with this product. Best of all, it did help with my predicament from being up in an attic for about 2 hours. I am now back in Oklahoma and none of my co-worker friends can tell that I have tiny cuts and dryness in my nose and mouth area.

What I don’t like about this product? Nothing really. I’m definitely picking this up when I go to Target next time.

It retails for $1.99 or so and is available at Target and ULTA stores nationwide as well as on Target.com. I didn’t spot this online at, Walgreens.com nor at OneBathandBody.com, where ONE brand products are carried. Not sure why. For that price though, it’s a great buy and I highly recommend you trying it out at least once.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Montagne Jeunesse Face Mask Strawberry Souffle

I’ve seen this product many, many times before at CVS and was curious about it. I never picked it up though. I figured it was just another face mask and I’ll just be saving my money by not getting it. I was therefore very eager to try it out when I got a trail size in my Influenster Holiday VoxBox 2011. Enter Montagne Jeunesse Face Mask Strawberry Souffle.

Montagne Jeunesse Face Mask Strawberry Souffle

The Influenster insert boasts about this product: “Montagne Jeunesse’s face masks are jam-packed with the most delicious natural ingredients and are bursting with luscious juicy fragrances. Influensters will receive one of the following flavors: Strawberry Souffle, Cucumber Peel Off, Passion Peel Off, Dead Sea Mud, Fruit Smoothie.”

Verdict? This product comes in a standard side tear packet. Most face masks comes in similar packaging. Formula is thick, smooth and creamy. It felt light when applied onto my face as a mask and quite soothing. It smells of light strawberries, pleasant but not too tempting for my mouth to start watering. Directions for use on the back of the packet is pretty standard: cleanse face, apply mask, relax with mask for 15-20 minutes then rinse and pat dry. It left my face so soft and smooth. I didn’t find this drying at all even if it has Benonite clay in it. One difference I noticed with this mask compared to others I’ve tried before is that it doesn’t dry hard to the point that it can crack and flake off. I enjoyed using this product immensely and would highly recommend it. It’s a perfect fast and easy little treat for yourself. It comes in several other scents and types of masks too such as Cucumber Peel Off, Passion Peel Off, Dead Sea Mud, Fruit Smoothie, Strawberry Souffle, Chocolate Mud and many others.

The full-sized packet of 10 ml / 0.3 fl oz retails for $1.99 and is available at ULTA Beauty, Walgreen’s, Claire’s, Walmart, Kroger, CVS Pharmacies and other retailers. To learn more about the brand and their offerings, visit www.montagnejeunesse.com, where you can check out what other scents and products they have!

*Products featured here are complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program.*