Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Beauteque Monthly: April 2015 BB Bag Review

We are a week into April already, which means my subscriptions are starting to roll in! I always feel like I will take the first week of every month to get ahead on the blog, and make sure I will stay on a tight schedule for the rest of the month, but I end up sleeping, watching Netflix and ignoring the photos that need to get edited- sometimes you just need a blogging break and the beginning of each month is my little vacation! And just like any other vacation, it's incredibly hard to get back into the swing of things each month, but I decided to start with something that I'm super excited to review, and that is the April BB Bag! I mean, who doesn't love to talk about kbeauty?

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!

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)

-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

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.
The theme this month was, "Mad For Plaid" which honestly had nothing to do with the contents of the bag, and everything to do with the cute plaid makeup bag. While I'm not always into the bags that are included, this one is actually kind of adorable! Granted, I've found that many of the bags I get from Beauteque have a mildewy smell to them and while it's very mild with this one, I can definitely smell it. Usually I will put this outside and let it air out in the summer, but in the winter I will put it in a freezer bag with some baking soda and let the scent dissipate before I use it or give it away.

Enough about my bag-deodorizing tactics. You want to see the goods, obviously!

Mizon: WaterVolume Aqua Gel Cream ($12)
This is a moisturizer that is formulated with Alaskan Glacial and Coral Reef Waters. I have no idea why water from specific places is a selling point for certain skincare products...maybe it contains minerals etc that other water doesn't? To make matters even more strange, the description for this product on Beauteque's info card calls this a "shave cream" which it is not. Very strange.
Regardless, my experiences with Mizon have almost always been positive, so I dove right into trying this stuff out. It has a water/gel consistency, and it actually reminds me of my Lioele Waterdrop Sleeping Pack in that it starts out a milky gel and turns quickly to a thin, moisturizing liquid once massaged onto the skin. It has a light aquatic-like scent, and really absorbs beautifully into the skin. I assumed that this product would be for dry skin types, however the gel is thin enough where it doesn't feel heavy or over-moisturizing on my combination skin. Very pleased with my initial use of it and I'm excited to see how it continues to work!

Holika Holika: Honey Sleeping Pack in "Blueberry" ($19)
Some of you may recognize this sleeping pack from my Oh Honey Beauty Bag and some of you may already have it, but hardly anyone can deny how absolutely fantastic this stuff is! It takes a lot for a product to break the top 3 of my list of favorite sleeping packs, but this did with ease! While the canola scent was in my honey bag, I chose the blueberry for my BB bag so I would have both types to compare! The blueberry pack has a very lightly sweet scent: it's not full-on blueberry goodness, but more subtle. I really love the consistency too- It starts out being a little on the stringy/sticky side when you tap your finger into the jar, but it applies like a smooth gel and absorbs beautifully. You do need to be careful not to apply too much or it can get sticky. The best way to apply is take a little at a time and apply it on your skin until your face is covered. If you blob it on first and then massage it in, you might find you used too much and have a slightly sticky finish, otherwise, there's no residue or stickiness whatsoever. I wake up day after day with glowing, fresh skin when I use this pack. Absolutely love it!

Hanaka Magic Garden Series Sheet Masks in "Rose/Whitness" and "Marigold/Oil Control" ($2ea)
I love seeing new-to-me sheet masks! These two are also perfect choices for my skin. The Rose one is my only concern because while I'm not allergic, I'm not a fan of rose-scents usually. Regardless, I love whitening sheet masks because they temporarily brighten and even out my skin tone, which works wonderfully for morning use before I apply my makeup. I also can always use oil control sheet masks! I cannot tell you how many moisturizing masks I have, and so few that control oil! Excited to give these a try!

Holika Holika: S-Body Maker Jiggling Patch ($7)
There are all kinds of cellulite creams and firming patches in the Korean beauty market, and I've yet to try one that actually works for me. This one was a bit different though, so I decided to try it last night so I could give a mini review on it rather than just a description. Basically, this patch comes in two parts: the patch itself and the gel that goes onto it. The patch is a decent size, I'd say slightly smaller than half a sheet of printer paper. You essentially open up the patch, squeeze the gel into the center and spread it around a bit. Then you remove the paper from the sticky outer edge of the patch and apply it to the part of your body that you would like to see firmed up! I find these patches odd because if you want to firm your thighs or hips for example, you'd need more than one of these to do the job. Since this was a large patch and my options were limited, I slapped this on the center of my stomach, just above my belly button. I am plus sized, so I definitely have enough "jiggle" going on to see if this patch actually does anything. Once I applied the patch I could feel little carbonated bubbles popping underneath it when I rested my hand on the patch. It wasn't painful, although there was a very slight cooling sensation. After about 25 minutes, I removed the patch to find a bright red rectangle of skin underneath it. There was no firming. No tightening. Just...red, slightly sensitive skin. Delightful. This thing isn't worth the time or energy, but at least it was something fun to try!

Hanaka: Camellia Powder Wash (7 Single-Use Packets) ($11)
This little envelope has 7 single-use powdered cleanser packets. Essentially you wet your hands and face, then empty the powder into your hands and work up a lather, then cleanse and rinse. This cleanser is used to hydrate the skin, and has anti-aging and anti-inflammitory ingredients as well. I haven't tested the pH of these yet to see if they're OK for me to use, however I think I might just pass them on to my mom as I already have a great lineup of cleansers and I don't want to mess with success!

It's Skin: Macaron Lip Balm in "Strawberry" ($9)
I remember when I first saw these on a competitors website: they were sold out so fast I wasn't able to get my hands on one! I ended up purchasing a grape-scented one for my sister, but not before sneaking a quick sniff! The grape is a great scent, so I figured the strawberry would be as well! I do get a hint of strawberry, but it's not a very strong scent at all, which is a bummer for me, at least. I like my balms to have a stronger flavor. Regardless, there are very few balms that are this cute, I've gotta say. I'm not a major fan of lip balms in pot-form, but I think I'll make an exception for this one!

Lameila: Razor ($8)
Hmm. First off, I highly doubt that this razor is worth $8, considering it's definitely something that looks like it belongs in a dollar store. While I think it's a bit of an odd choice for a lifestyle item/beauty tool, I think it could have been at least useful if it wasn't so scary-looking to use! There's no moisturizing strip or protector at all, so I can't imagine that this 2-blade razor would be very comfortable or easy to use. The cheap appearance of it makes me even less interested in trying it to be honest. I think the color and the packaging is super cute, though. I'll pass this to my mom so she can donate it, as I'm sure someone else might like it!
Overall Thoughts
The April BB Bag cost $27.95 (with US shipping) and has an estimated retail value of $70. The value is the projected retail prices of the items, however they can usually be found at lower prices throughout the internet. Using an average price, I'd estimate the retail price is closer to $50, which as always, is still a fantastic value! I think there's a great variety of products included this month, and I'm especially thrilled to have the Blueberry sleeping pack and Mizon Gel cream. I think the only product that was a bust for me was the Razor. At a projected retail value of $8, I'd much rather have a wash-off pack, eyeshadow, mascara...some sort of kbeauty item that falls in that price range. I would even be happy with the Korean branded cotton rounds, or the cute Etude House tweezers, for example. While sometimes I think the lifestyle item/beauty tools in the Beauteque bags are great, other times I admittedly think they're more filler items than anything else. Having said that, I still think this is a great bag with a great value, and I'd highly recommend this subscription to anyone who loves Kbeauty!

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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  1. LOL, that razor! It looks like a store-brand disposable from about 30 years ago!

    1. hahhah right??? I think it was a huge miss on Beauteque's part to add this in. Honestly I'd be so happy with some of the lower priced items that korean brands offer- there are so many nail polishes, single shadows, and little tools like tweezers and nail clippers that have cats on them LOL...just so many options to replace these cheapy additions. Hopefully they come up with some better ideas for beauty tools/lifestyle items!

  2. Hey! I'm going to be weeding through my sheet mask stash (My 365 Mask challenge is going well, but I think I might have overprepared...lol) in the next couple days, and if I come across any oily skin ones, would you want them? My skin is oily, but uber sensitive, and some of the ingredients make me red and cranky.
    And that razor...if it had been pink, it would have reminded me of the days of yore, when I first startedÔü┐ shaving my legs (read: ripping my skin to shreads) with my sister's stolen Lady Bic. **shudder**

    1. I would love that, Mimi! Thank you! :D
      and LOL it TOTALLY reminded me of the lady bic's I used to steal from my mom when I was a kid and shave my legs AND arms before I knew you weren't supposed to shave your arms LOL. It looks exactly like them honestly- just as terrifying and barbaric on the skin haha ;)

  3. You lucky duck! You got the Blueberry! I had requested Acerola but received Canola. Again. /sigh. I totally love the Mizon gel cream! Love! It's kinda fun getting Taiwanese products (since I love MBD), it adds a little spice. And erg, that shaver...

    1. I did get the one I requested, luckily! Maybe you can put up the extra canola for trade or sell it- although I'd keep it since I love the sleeping pack so much LOL The mizon gel cream is fantastic. I just ran out of my Suboon Cream which I LOVED, so this is a nice one to use next!

  4. I have seen so many Korean products that reference Alaskan glacial water... kind of hilarious. You know what else is hilarious? The phrase "jiggling patch." LOL!

    1. hahah Alaskan Glacial Water...aka frozen water? I just don't get the hype I guess? and LOL the Jiggling patch did NOTHING for my jiggle other than turn it red and make it burn a little. Shouldn't be an anti-jiggling patch??

  5. This was the first month of Beauteque I have not received - and reading your review I am little bummed I did not decide to continue my subscription! I mean there are a couple weird items (razor...) but that almost adds to the fun of the bag! Looks good!!

    Renee C.

    1. haha yes the razor was a bit odd, I have to say- but this was actually a pretty solid bag! Even if some of the things don't work for me (like the patch) it was still fun trying them out!

  6. This bag looks great! Even with the rather peculiar "lifestyle" item, this shapes up to be a good bag. Personally, I can't wait to get my hands on the honey sleeping pack. It looks so good!


    1. The sleeping pack is one of my all-time favorites! I haven't tried the acerola one yet but It's definitely on my wishlist! I agree the lifestyle item/beauty tool is odd- I think they're working on getting more relevant items in the bags in the coming months when it comes to the beauty tools etc, so I'm hopeful!

  7. The razor kind of reminded me of the Memebox Waxing Box...definitely not something I'd want from a subscription box! Nice review :)

    1. Ugh that waxing box was a disaster- I'm really glad I steered clear of that one!

  8. Sooooooo, I JUST got my Bag today, well after the reviewers received theirs. The razor is a joke. I can do without the tummy patch, too. The rest of the items are wins for me; however, I was charged for my May Bag before I even received this April Bag... It's getting really annoying, and customer service is of no help.

    1. I honestly don't understand why they continue to make the same mistakes over and over when it comes to shipping/billing. I really wish there was something I could do :( They have such a good concept and have the potential to be really great if they just focused on customer service and getting things out in a timely manner :(

  9. I got my bag yesterday, I subscribed in February and never get any of my options choices...
    I wanted acerola but got blueberry, and wanted the strawberry lip balm but got apple. Not a big deal, I still like them anyway this time, I was about to pause the subscription until I saw the Bulgarian rose toner for May in the spoilers... And what I heck are those green and yellow neon lipsticks for May?!! makeup for a techno/trance music festival?

    1. Tia- since I get this bag for review purposes, I'm not entirely sure how the choosing process happens, but I would e-mail Beauteque and tell them that you haven't been getting your choices in your bags- I know they will make it right! What's the point of giving choices if they never send them, right? And don't worry about the crazy colors of the lip balms! I've tried similar ones and looked up a few reviews of the ones that are coming in may and I think they all appear pink-toned on the lips. :)