Wednesday, March 18, 2015

3B: Beauty Beyond Borders March 2015 Review and Unboxing

It took me a moment to realize I hadn't posted this review yet, because I just recently posted the February one! My March 3B (Beauty Beyond Borders) arrived shortly after the February box, and it was definitely a double-dose of kbeauty goodness! I really love 3B for their low price, and wide variety of brands and product offerings. You're not going to get a ton of full size products here, but you'll definitely get a great way to try out lots of different Asian beauty products without having to blindly spend money on full sizes! That is already more than worth the $12 a month in my opinion! I always say this is my Asian Beauty Birchbox, and since they launched this service, they have more than delivered for me!

What is 3B?
3b (stands for Beauty Beyond Borders) is a subscription service that I have coined the KBeauty Birchbox. While you receive mostly Korean products, they have also included Japanese brands in the past as well. Normally the boxes contain deluxe samples, however they have been known to also include full sizes! 

The Cost
Only $12 a month! (that includes shipping!)
(3b currently only ships to the US)

What's In the Box?
Each box contains a collection of  4-5 deluxe samples that are new or popular in Asia but hard to get your hands on. The products will change each month, and you’ll get to try new skincare, haircare, nail care, and cosmetic products. Sample products range from go-to brands such as Lioele, Etude House and Skinfood to high-end premium brands like SK-II, K, and Sulwhasoo.

Where Do I Sign Up?
You can learn more about 3B, and sign up for their monthly subscription HERE. 3B only launched last month, and they have become so popular in such a short time that there is currently a waitlist to subscribe- so if you're interested I would get on that list asap!
While this is called the 3B box, and it does arrive in one, your products are housed each month in a cute organza bag. I really prefer these bags to getting full-on makeup bags (like ipsy for example) because these are easily stored away to be used again, are lighter to ship and take up less space. I can only use so many makeup bags, so I'm never a fan of receiving them each month through various subscriptions.

Holika Holika: Daily Garden Lip and Eye Remover in "Olive"
This is one of those fun makeup removers that have two layers that you need to shake up! I never used to use makeup remover because my oil cleanser took everything off in a snap, however there are those nights when I can barely drag myself into the bathroom and I end up using cleansing clothes and makeup removers to do the job. It's not a good idea to do regularly as your skin needs a good cleansing, but these are great to have on hand when you want to quickly remove your makeup and get your skincare done as quickly as possible!

Holika Holika: Juice Shine Lip Balm in "Raspberry"
I feel like a lot of Korean brands have their own versions of this product. It's your standard tinted lip balm, really. Even so, this balm feels super moisturizing and creamy on the lips, has a great raspberry flavor, and a really pretty pink/purple tint that looks great when you just want a touch of color. I love popping these kinds of balms in my pocket when I'm at work because they keep me looking "put together" but also give me the moisture I need to keep my lips from drying out. Happy to have this one!

Sulwhasoo Essential Balancing Water and Emulsion
Sulwhasoo is a relatively high end brand that focuses on oriental skincare. I haven't tried much from the brand because I tend to stray from anything over $15 or my bank account would kill me! These little sample bottles are just too cute, though, and perfect for trying out an expensive brand like this. The Balancing Water is essentially a gel-like toner that delivers deep hydration to the skin while immersing it in nutrients while balancing pH. The Emulsion is a light moisturizing lotion that is formulated with medicinal herbs to improve the skin's ability to maintain moisture. It has mountain peony, which prevents dehydration and yai jiu hua extract is used to promote circulation and improve skin's radiance. I haven't had time to do much research on these yet, although I heard they may have alcohol in them. My skin doesn't seem bothered by alcohols (usually) but I thought I'd mention it just in case anyone else was thinking about checking these out!

Too Cool For School: Pumpkin Sleeping Pack
I love this little pillow pack sample! It reminds me of those fruit freeze pops that came in this kind of packaging when I was a kid! This sleeping pack contains pumpkin extract, beta carotene and vitamin A to rejuvenate the skin while you sleep. As you know, Sleeping packs are applied as the last step in your skincare routine before bed, and are washed off in the morning. I have used this sleeping pack in the past and while I thought it was nice, I didn't notice it did anything magical to my skin. I will most likely pass this on to a friend who is interested in trying a sleeping pack for the first time- I still know so many ladies who don't use one!
Overall Thoughts
As always 3B really comes through with a nice variety of brands and products! I was very happy with this months box, although for some reason I felt like it was a tiny bit lacking. Not entirely sure why, but I think it may be because of the 3 smallest products. Granted the makeup remover and lip balm are both full size, so it is understandable considering this subscription is only $12 a month! While I am going to enjoy using all these products, I do think that this might be my least favorite month so far. I suppose there's no where to go but up for April!

There is currently a wait list to subscribe to 3B, so if you're interested I would sign up as soon as possible. You can get on the wait list here. Right now they're only shipping to the US, but they have been openly asking their customers where we would like them to ship to next. So if you live outside the US, make sure you get in touch with them and tell them you want them to ship to your country!
 If you'd like to learn more about 3B, you can do so HERE.

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  1. The waiting list is killing me! I hope they move me off of it soon.

    1. Seems like people that got waitlisted in january are starting to be moved off this month! Hope you get off of the waitlist soon!!

    2. DITTO @Pegi!!!

  2. Thanks Rachel. Another kbeauty subscription to add to my ever-growing list of I-cannot-affords.


    1. heyy this one is only $12! ;) Plus the waitlist is apparently insane! :( I'm really glad I hopping on this one as soon as they launched!

    2. I'm on the waiting list. When I get in trouble with the hub I'm giving him your email address... Hahahaha!

    3. hahaha totally!! I'll explain to him what a great deal it is and bore him to tears with facts about kbeauty until he gives in like I do with my hunny! LOL ;)

  3. I love this subscription so much. For being in their fourth month, they're doing so well. I do hope that in the future, 2 of those little tiny sample bottles will count as one item. Mainly because it's basically one use.

    1. You know, now that you say that, I think that's exactly where this month took a small misstep for me. The small bottles counting as their own product rather than one sample- I agree I hope they make it one rather than 2 in the future. I agree though- I've had nothing but great things to say about them and still think they're doing amazing for $12 a month!