Friday, May 29, 2015

Beauteque Monthly: May 2015 BB Bag Review

It's amazing how little shopping I do for beauty products lately. There was a time when I was locking up my credit cards for fear of maxing them out loading up my Sephora cart or shipping a huge box of kbeauty products from a Korean retailer. I started noticing how many products I actually had, and it was pretty scary. I've been on a strict low buy for a couple of months now and it's actually been so relieving to not only have less stuff coming in, but also gaining the time to really use and enjoy the products I do have. 
Having said that, you know I have my weaknesses. Korean Beauty is one of them. I just wouldn't feel like myself if I didn't get a couple of packages filled with kbeauty goodness each month, which is why Beauteque and I are like BFF's. The monthly BB Bags are such a great way to get my kbeauty fix without breaking my low buy pact with myself.

What is 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 May Bag!
The theme this month is "Marvelous May" and features products that will get you prepped for a day out during the beautiful Spring weather! The bag this month was this black and white striped satin-feeling bag with a pink zipper. Kind of a fun one, however mine had what looked like an ink stain on the side of it (not pictured) so rather than giving it away as I normally do, I'll probably donate it or use it to store things.

It's Skin: Mini Bebe Mist in "Apple" ($11)
This was one of the products that we were able to choose, and in this case it was a choice of scent. I'm not entirely sure why I went with the Apple, but I think it's because all of them sounded nice and I just picked one at random! While this looks like a typical body splash, it's actually quite mild and can also be used as a facial mist to refresh and moisturize your skin. The scent is exactly like a red delicious apple, so I'd have no problem dousing myself in this! It's a great little mist to toss in your beach bag!

May Island: Donkey Milk Skin Mask Pack ($3.20 ea)
Donkey Milk has been popular in Korean skincare for awhile, but it seems to be gaining popularity with the Western k-beauty enthusiasts lately. These sheet masks are actually really cool because they also come with a cleanser and an ampoule packet that you are supposed to use in conjunction with the sheet mask. I am incredibly picky with my cleansers so I most likely wouldn't use this one, but I'd definitely give the ampoule a shot! I think this is a great idea though, as they'd be a great thing to toss in your bag when traveling! I have been meaning to give these a try although I haven't been able to since I've been so busy! I'm particularly pleased with the fact that they're not only two completely different masks with different uses, but they are not your typical "moisturizing" sheet masks that tend to be sent out a lot since they're very common. I'm pretty excited to see how well the wrinkle filler mask works. Wonder if it will hide my fine lines with one use? I'll report back if it does anything miraculous!

Mikatvonk: Auto Eyeliner Pencil in "Black" ($15)
Let me just come out and say it: This pencil is not worth $15. I don't know if that's the price they company charges since I've never heard of them, but the quality of this liner is just not good at all. It's dual-ended, and although both sides are black, one seems to have some flecks of glitter in it. You can see from the swatches that the glitter is barely noticeable (if at all) so both sides of the liner look identical. I found the formula to be incredibly dry and the pencil pulled on my skin when trying to get a swatch. I do this very rarely, but I threw this one right in the trash- just because I really don't think it's good enough to even pass on to someone else. I don't think this is Beauteque's fault necessarily- I am glad to have tried something from a brand I haven't heard of (I believe it's an Australian brand) however I don't intend on purchasing future products from Mikatvonk, that's for sure.

Holika Holika: Pig nose Clear Blackhead Starter ($10)
This Pig Nose line from Holika Holika is actually pretty popular, although the only product I've ever tried is this steam starter. It's a gel-like product that you apply to any area on your face that has blackheads and you massage it in for 3 minutes before rinsing it off. It's supposed to absorb sebum and soften blackheads. Unfortunately I couldn't tell you how well this works because I don't get enough blackheads to see if it's effective. I will happy pass this on to a friend or someone who can use it and report back, though!

Nature Republic: By Flower Vivid Bar Tint ($8)
SPF is a must-have when it comes to lips balms for me. I recently had a very bad experience where I was wearing a PeriPera lip tint and forgot to check if it had SPF. It didn't, and after spending a day outside with the kids at work, I came home and realized my lips were so sunburned that they felt as if they had a layer of dry skin over them. No amount of lip scrub or soothing balms would help it. It's been weeks now and I'm still dealing with what's left of the dryness! I'm happy to say that this balm not only has SPF 15, but also contains jojoba oil and just a hint of color making it protective, moisturizing and pretty on the lips! I chose the pink shade because I love Strawberry scented lip products, but I also really love the natural-looking pink tint to this balm! It looks very bright in the tube but it's much less scary when you're wearing it!

The Face Shop: Eyelash Curler ($7.60)
Yes! This is what I'm talking about- a branded and useful beauty tool! While not all of Beauteque's beauty tools have been busts for me, I find that I much prefer tools like these. I love The Face Shop, and I am especially digging this pretty 24k gold-coated lash curler! I have some seriously straight lashes, so I use a curler without fail every single day. It's a boring one from the drugstore that really isn't good quality though, so I'm really happy to have this pretty one to replace it!

Nature Republic: Bulgarian Rose Essence ($17)
This essence contains Vitamin A and C and is used to restore moisture to the skin. I love a good essence- I use them both morning and evening, however this one smells way too much like Rose for me to use. I have an issue with rose-scented things and this one is just a bit too strong for me. Having said that, I know lots of friends who would love to use this, so it will at least get some good use! I have no idea why companies release so many rose-scented skincare products. Even if someone liked rose I'm not sure why they'd want to slather a heavy rose scent all over their face! Luckily though, the scent of this essence seems to fade quickly after application, so if you can at least tolerate the scent of rose, you shouldn't have a problem using this essence!
Overall Thoughts
The May BB Bag costs $27.95 (with US shipping) and has a total retail value of $75. As always, this is based on the projected retail price of the items. You can find some of these products for lower prices throughout the internet, so I would say that actual value is probably around $55-$60, which still makes the value more than double what you would pay for it. I really enjoyed the curation of the May bag, and I think that while not everything was a home run for me, it would be foolish of me to expect that from a subscription each month. The beauty of a subscription service is that they open up your eyes to new and interesting products and brands, but they also help you find out about things you don't like. I sometimes like that just as much because now I don't have to spend full price on something before I've tried it. Beauteque is fantastic at introducing me to Korean products that I wouldn't normally have picked up in my shopping travels, but I have discovered quite a few favorite products through their BB Bags as well! Overall, this bag features a wide variety of products and a nice balance of skincare and makeup/tools etc. Very pleased with this month!

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. My eyeliner is pure white. I don't know how to use this product at all. I wear contact lens, so it's not going inside my eyelid- it's a bit dried out and I don't want an eye infection.
    Does anyone know how to use a white eyeliner?

    1. Normally with a regular white liner I would say that you could use it on your waterline or on the inner corner of your eye to brigthen and widen the eye's appearance. You can also use a white liner to primer your lid for a brighter liner (teal, purple etc) However since I find this liner to be incredibly dry, I wouldn't recommend using it in general. If you're going to use a white liner, it should be creamy and glide on easily!