Friday, March 13, 2015

Beauteque Monthly: March BB Bag Review!


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

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 March Bag! I did not get an info card with my bag for some reason, so I'm not sure what the theme is or what the listed retail prices are, so I had to do some internet research on all these goodies to get more info.
 This month's BB Bag was a black fabric makeup pouch with gold and red lips printed on it. I can't say I'm a fan of this particular bag, although I do like to use these to house gifts or to give to friends and family. I have more makeup bags than I could ever use, so I'm never really interested in the bag one way or the other I DO wish that they'd skip the bag all together and just add in an extra sheet mask or low-cost product!

The Face Shop: Herb Day Massage Cream in "Mugwort" ($10)
This was the first of 3 choices we had for the March BB Bag. I chose the Mugwort cream because I haven't really heard much about Mugwort in skincare! This has a very herbal-like scent and a thick, creamy consistency. I discovered that Mugwort not only has calming, soothing results on the skin and has some anti-acne properties as well. Massage cream in general is something I'm not entirely familiar with as I don't have anything like it in my skincare stash. These creams are apparently used along with a "face massage" routine. The Face Shop has a little diagram to show you how to do it along with a list of benefits from doing these massages:
This product is applied to the skin and slowly massaged in for 1-5 minutes, and then rinsed off. You can use it 2-3 times a week. I'm actually quite interested to try something like this to see if the whole facial massage idea has any merit!

A'Piew: Take my Hands Nail Sheet Pack in "Berry" ($2)
This was the second of 3 products that I had a choice of, and I picked the Berry version. These are little thimble-sized sheet masks for your nails and finger tips that are supposed to nourish and moisturize the nail bed and cuticles. I have used a variety of these masks in the past, and while they do feel moisturizing, I haven't found the results to be remarkable in any way. These are always nice to have on hand when you're having a relaxing mani/pedi session, but they're not something I ever seek out in particular.

Etude House: Look at My Eyes Eyeshadow ($4)
 These single Etude House shadows come in a wide variety of colors and finishes, and while I haven't tried them before myself, I've seen plenty of swatches and they look quite nice for a low-cost shadow. Unfortunately, I think this might be the last color on the planet that I would choose to wear since it's basically what I call, "It's a Girl" pink. I don't think this would look very flattering on me. Beauteque gave a choice between 3 different sets of 2 shadows, and I chose the last group because there was a burgundy shadow that I was really hoping to get. Unfortunately, I have bad luck and got the one I did not want. Not a big deal though! I can always add it to a giveaway prize or swap it with someone who might enjoy it!

Mizon: Bright Simple Modeling Cup Pack ($5)
 Modeling cup packs have become all the rage lately, although I haven't used enough of them to really form a solid opinion yet. Essentially, it's a container of powder that you add water to until it creates a thick yogurt-like mask. When you apply it to your skin and it dries, you're able to kind of peel the entire thing off in one go as it has almost a rubber-like texture. This particular type from Mizon is the "Bright" variety, which is obviously skin brightening, but also contains Vitamin C and restores skins luster and vitality while also softening a rough complexion. To use this, you want to add just a small amount of water at a time until it has a thick, yet smooth consistency. You have to pack this stuff on pretty thick in order for it remove easily. You want to make sure the consistency is thick enough that it won't drip all over the place, but thin enough where it can be spread onto your skin easily. I used this one tonight and my fiance had a good laugh about how I looked like swamp thing. I found this took quite a while to dry (almost 30 minutes) and while my skin did feel refreshed and looked a bit brighter, I'm not entirely sure I'd use this again. I much prefer a good sheet mask!

Beauteque Pore Brush ($15)
 Since this is Beauteque's own product, I'm not entirely sure of the value as I can't find it on their site currently. In a past BB bag, they did include a really fantastic exfoliating cleansing brush that retails for $35 on their site, so I'm taking a wild guess that this one is around $15 value-wise. I am super excited to see this product in the bag because I loved the last Beauteque-branded brush we received. This one is used specifically on your pores to cleanse and remove any stubborn sebum and blackheads. I think the size is fantastic because it can easily get into those little nooks on either side of my nose. I'm excited to try this little "nose detailer" and see how it works!

Tonymoly: Minibling Pocket Hair Pack ($3)
 I have tried quite a few of these little hair masks, and they're really awesome for someone like myself who doesn't have a lot of time during the day for a pampering session. I like these because they can be used on dry hair and there is no need to rinse. They are essentially little ponytail shaped pouches that contain a hair essence. You put your hair into a ponytail, and then place the entirety of it into the pouch with the essence. You can secure it onto your head with another hair elastic, although these packs usually come with one for you to use. Once the hair pack is applied, I like to massage it a bit so the essence really gets into my hair, and then I leave it on for 15-20 minutes before removing and brushing my hair out. I haven't seen any major improvements to my hair when using these, but I do think they help moisturize and seal up my split ends, which is a nice benefit!

The Face Shop: Rice Ceramide Moisture Toner ($14)
I have a huge affinity for Korean toners. I spent most of my life avoiding toners like the plague because western toners have astringent-like properties and tend to burn and irritate the skin. Korean toners are so gentle, and provide moisture and nutrients to the skin. When I apply a toner after cleansing now, it almost feels like my skin is breathing a sigh of relief. A good toner is an absolute must for me! This particular toner kind of feels like an essence in that it's watery, yet kind of thick and moisturizing. It's made with fruit and plant extracts and contain ceramide, which helps in maintaining moisture while preventing dry skin. Since I have oily skin, I was a bit hesitant to try this, but I found it to be quite soothing when used immediately after cleansing. Since washing your face can strip the moisture from your skin, using a moisture toner like this can be quite beneficial, even if you have combo skin like myself. I'm not sure if I'd recommend this to someone with severely oily skin, but if you need some added moisture in your routine, this might be a good option!

Overall Thoughts
The March Beauteque Monthly BB Bag cost $24 + $3.95 shipping, and has a total value of around $53. That is based on my findings from around the internet, as these products can greatly vary in price depending on where you're buying them from. Having said that, I think Beauteque still provides a truly excellent value. Even though you can find some of these products for less money on Korean websites, the shipped can get outrageous. With Beauteque, you're also able to try products that you might not normally take a second look at, or things you may have never heard of before. I'm familiar with all of these brands, although I have yet to try a massage cream, or any of the toners from The Face Shop, so I think this was a pretty great bag for me! I also enjoyed trying out the modeling cup pack, even though it was more of a fun gimmick than an effective mask for me. I'm pleased with the bag this month, and looking forward to April!

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. From my experience with modeling cups, the less water, the better. They go on goopy and take a while to dry. If there's too much water, the formula drips like crazy. That being said, they really open up the pores and get rid of the nasty stuff. I love them. Cold water closes the pores back after removal. I hope you like them!

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  2. I received the Burgundy eye shadow but really wanted the pink one... Would you like to trade?

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    1. Aww shoot! I would have loved to trade with you- but I added the shadow into one of my recent giveaway winner's packages so I don't have it anymore :( I don't tend to hold onto things for every long haha- if I don't like it I donate it or give it away within a few days- I try to not let things pile up if I can! ;)

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