Friday, February 6, 2015

Beauteque Monthly: February BB Bag Review!

Hey Guys! Ahhh I am not usually one to say this- but I am so sorry I haven't been updating as often as I usually do! Things have been crazy-busy over at the Harlot Compound: I've been researching going back to school to get my degree! My 30th birthday is less than a month away, and I've been realizing that it's now or never! A lot of family drama around the time I graduated high school kept me from ending up where I wanted to be, and that is with my PHD in Psychology. Sadly enough, I don't even have a bachelors yet, so that is my first goal. Step by step, I'm going to get there! For now, I'm going to keep doing what I love to do- reviewing beauty goodies for you guys!

The Beauteque BB Bag has been around for awhile, but only recently did it become a monthly subscription. The subscription started in January, however there was a bit of a mix-up at the Beauteque headquarters and didn't end up getting mine. No worries though- The February bag arrived on my doorstep in record time, and I am super excited to share it with you!

What is the Beauteque Monthly?
Beauteque Monthly is a beauty subscription curated by the wonderful US-based Korean beauty website, Beauteque. Each month, subscribers receive BB Bags (Beauteque Beauty Bags) filled with all kinds of Korean beauty goodness! I have found that Beauteque's bags are perfect for anyone new to K-Beauty, as well as an old pro. There's something for everyone!

Details
Subscription Types (3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions are Prepaid):
1 Month (month-to-month) $24 per month
3 month $24 per month
 6 month $23 per month
12 month $22 per month
All subscriptions will auto-renew at the end of it's cycle so you never accidentally miss a bag!
You can also gift subscriptions if you want to surprise a lucky friend or family member!

What makes Beauteque Monthly different, is that you always have some customizable items!
Beauteque will email options to subscribers on the 1st of the most.  Subscribers must send in their option choices by the 5th or items will be chosen for them. (ex. Lipstick color, hand cream scent, toner type,etc)
WHAT WILL I RECEIVE?
-7 (or more!) full sized products in every bag
-A value between $65 to $85+
-Makeup, skincare, jewelry, lifestyle products
-Products from Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Europe, America

SUBSCRIPTION CALENDAR
Subscriptions are from the 15th to the 15th 
(ex. If you subscribe on January 16th, you will be receiving the February bag and so on)
Bags will ship from the 5th to the 15th
 (customers will be guaranteed to receive their bag that specific month)
SHIPPING
Beauteque Beauty Bags ship to the US, Canada, and Europe.
-US shipping is $3.95 per month
-Canada shipping is  $5.95 per month
-Europe shipping is $8.95 per month
 Now that we've got the details out of the way, let's get onto the February Goodies!
The theme this month is "Beauteque Sweethearts"
Hello Beauty,
Have we got a sweetheart deal for you this month with these 8 products! You will fall in love with this collection of beauty goodies- consider it the heart-shaped box of chocolates you'll give your skin and hair this Valentines Day!
XO,
The Beauteque Team
The bag this month was a really nice size! It's a quilted black bag with a satiny finish. It's quite roomy and nicely made. I really like simple, yet sleek makeup bags, so this one is definitely going to get some good use!

E Choice: Ceramide Cream ($14.99)
This was the first of 3 items that could be customized in the bag this month. The choices were Peptide and Ceramide.
This is an all-in-one cream that functions as a softener, lotion and cream. I'm not entirely sure what the difference is between those things as they all seem pretty similar...so what constitutes this as an all-in-one cream, I'm not sure. Even so, The main ingredients of this cream are pretty interesting! First we have Ceramide, which is used in most anti-aging moisturizers. It locks in moisture by accelerating the rate that the protective outer layer of your skin renews itself. It also speeds up your skins ability to heal, fortifies the skin and is great for sensitive and/or dry skin. The next notable ingredient is snail secretion filtrate, which revitalizes the skin by repairing damaged or broken skin cells. It aids in reducing the effects of aging by boosting collagen and elastin. Finally, there's adenosine, which is an amino acid formed in the cells that is used for wrinkle improvement. So this cream really packs a moisturizing, anti-aging punch!

Tonymoly: Petit Art Perfume Mist ($12)
This was the second of 3 items that could be customized in the bag this month. The choices were Fresh Green and Romantic Pink.
This is essentially a perfumed body mist, however it is suggested that it be used after a shower and then gently patted into the skin. I'm assuming it works as a light all-over fragrance for the skin I chose the romantic pink scent because I usually would go right for the Fresh Green (green tea) and I wanted to mix it up a little! This mist has a very sweet, lightly floral fragrance. I'm not usually into florals, but this isn't overpowering at all, and I actually find it fresh and feminine. This is a perfect product for tossing in your gym bag or purse, and the scent actually lingers for a decent length of time for a body mist!

Skinfood: Black Bean Eye Brown Pencil ($11)
This was the third of 3 items that could be customized in the bag this month. The choices were Black, Gray or Brown.
This brow pencil contains black bean nutrients that moisturize the skin, which I find interesting. Do my eyebrows need extra moisturizing? Who knows, but I'll take it. I did find out that the moisturizing quality of the black bean extract does seem to help with "eyebrow fallout," so that's good for me since I have pretty sparse brows. I chose the brown shade, since black or gray don't seem like they would work very well for me, personally. This has a soft texture, however it's not insanely pigmented which is a good thing. You don't want to look like you drew your brows on with a sharpie! Another nice thing about this pencil is that you really can build up the intensity of the color to achieve a more dramatic brow if desired. The tip of this pencil is actually flat, so you can create a more natural-look when you use this, while also easily creating a more defined-shape to your brows. The other great thing is the little spoolie brush on the other end. I never used to use these before since I have naturally sparse brows-I almost never need to pluck them. However I noticed that brushing all the hairs I do have in the same direction really helps with the overall look of my brows, not to mention you can use it to kind of brush through your brows when you're done penciling them in to take away any harsh lines or heavy-handedness.

A'Pieu: NonCo Tea Tree Emulsion ($12.99)
This emulsion provides moisture to the skin while the Tea Tree oil component reduces redness and acne.  I love anything that will combat my acne, although I'm going to have to dig into the ingredients of this a bit more before I start slathering it on my face. I did find a small ingredient list: Tea tree essential oil, Herbal AC Complex (lavender, rosemary, sage, chamomile, peppermint). I find this herbal complex, well...perplexing. From what I understand peppermint and lavender are not very good for your skin, so considering these are ingredients in an emulsion made for acneic skin, it just seems a little worrisome. If I can't find more info on this in the future, I will probably use it on my body rather than my face.  It does have a tea tree scent, so if you're not a fan of that, you might want to pass on this. I'm not a huge tea tree fan, however this is mild enough that it doesn't bother me. I find this has a thin, almost liquidy, non-sticky formula that absorbs very quickly into the skin. It is applied after essences and serums. Emulsions are kind of like a light lotion, so I tend to use them right before I apply my cream. 

It's Skin: Mangowhite Lip and Eye Makeup Remover Tissues ($5)
These wipes are marketed to remove lip and eye makeup, but if they're gentle enough for those areas of my face, I figure I'll use them on the rest of my face as well. I used to avoid using cleansing wipes on my face, because I read that they can do more harm than good, and that they don't do very well removing all the makeup, dirt and oil from your face. While that might be true, I wouldn't suggest ever using these to replace an actual cleanser. These are great for those (hopefully rare!) evenings where you're too tired to take off your makeup, or if you just want to get some pesky mascara or lip tint off quickly. Personally, I use cleansing wipes like these in the morning. They're the first thing I reach for when I wake up! I find that since I use a sleeping pack along with spot treatments, these are great to remove the residue of those products so my face feels fresh and clean until I'm ready to shower etc. These particular wipes smell like floral-mango and have super cute packaging! I mean...who would have thought that I loved pink and floral?
EDIT: These are actually not cleansing wipes at all. I probably should pay attention to the NAMES of products once in a while, huh? These are literally makeup remover pads in a cloth/sheet form. They leave that oily makeup-remover-type film on your skin, so I would not use these as a cleansing cloth, but for a makeup remover prior to cleansing. They do take my eye makeup right off though, so I will happily use these up!

NextBeau: Elasticity/Collagen Anti-Wrinkle Sheet Mask ($2.50)
Humanpia Costech: Arbutin Essence Sheet Mask ($2.50)
I mean...they're sheet masks! I wish I could say more about them, but they're pretty standard. I've got to admit: the Pig collagen mask is ridiculously cute! It's an anti-wrinkle sheet mask that contains collagen and hyaluronic acid to help moisturize and plump the skin. Arbutin is normally found in skincare products that are brightening, but this mask also says it helps with firming and restoring flexibility to the skin. They're both lower-end in terms of quality (the first ingredients are water and butylene glycol) however they will give your skin some moisture and temporary benefits, which is all I can really ask from affordable sheet masks. These will be used for sure- once I get through my other zillion sheet masks, of course!

Etude House: Collagen Eye Patch ($3.99)
Some of my regular readers may already know that I LIVE for eye patches. When I first wake up in the morning, after I use my cleansing wipe, I will slap on a pair of eye gels or patches to help with my sleep-deprived, puffy under-eye skin. I wear them around the house in the morning while I'm drinking my coffee and relaxing, and then remove them right before I hop in the shower. They're incredibly soothing and feel like a little pampering session each morning! These particular patches are ones I've seen around in my shopping travels, but never picked up. I found that they were insanely saturated with essence to the point that I had it dripping down my face once I applied them. I also thought that the patches themselves were pretty flimsy feeling. They were thinner than a sheet mask, and even though they were soaked, the papery consistency to the patches did not stay moist for long. Some people may like these, however they're just not my style when it comes to eye patches. I'm happy to have been able to try them, though!

Hair Spa Towel ($9.99)
This little towel is shaped perfectly for your head and hair. You essentially put this on the back of your head while your hair is flipped upside down. Twist your hair into the long part of the towel, and then flip it back like you would with a normal towel. The difference with this one, is that there's a button in the back where you can hold the twisted part in place. These towels are great for keeping your hair out of your face while you're doing skincare and makeup, and also great when you're using a hair mask or deep conditioner. I also just like using these kinds of spa towels to dry my hair in general! They're so lightweight that they don't pull on my hair like a regular towel does!
Overall Thoughts
The February Beauteque Monthly Bag cost $24 + $3.95 shipping, and has a total value of about $75. As always, I do want to disclose that the $75 value is based on retail prices, not the prices you can actually find these products for if you do some digging online. I found that the value is more realistically about $55-$60, which is still fantastic! 
I found that other than the eye patches, everything in this bag was a win for me. I'm really excited to try the e choice cream, and I'm already loving the wipes, the brow pencil and the perfume mist. It's always good to have sheet masks in these k-beauty bags. Personally, I think they're a perfect low-cost item to toss in, and I use them so often that I love getting them in subscriptions! I did find that the curation of this bag was a little bit disjointed- I'm a weirdo when it comes to curation, so I think that there could have been more of an overall theme, but aside from the emulsion and cream which I thought were a little redundant, I think this bag is excellent. $24 is a great price for all of these goodies, especially if you're building your skincare collection, or really just want to open your horizons to kbeauty and don't know where to start. 
I'm super excited about the Beauteque Monthly BB Bags. They're from a company I trust and have worked with many times, the brands are popular and recognizable, and there's a LOT of stuff here! The best part is definitely the thing that makes Beauteque's bags unique: You are able to have the best of both worlds: mystery and customization!
 I'm genuinely excited to see what the March bag holds! It's my birthday month, so I'm hoping for a good one!

If you're interested in signing up with Beauteque Monthly, you can do so HERE!
If you want to shop Beauteque's regular website for limited edition bags, and K-Beauty galore, you can check that out HERE.

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4 comments:

  1. Don't you love how the makeup remover wipes smell!? SO good! I got the same two masks you did, I'm wondering what other kinds there might be :)

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    1. I do!! They smell amazing- I think they might become my new favorites!

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  2. yeah, the towels look like they come in different colors! Can't wait to get mine - great review as usual, Rachel #kbeautybloghop

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  3. The more reviews I see on this, the more I want mine to hurry up and get to me! Great review, as always. I am very intrigued by what you've said on the emulsion. It hadn't occured to me that lavendar and peppermint may not be so great for the face. You've definitely inspired me to research on this further. #kbeautybloghop

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