Saturday, June 27, 2015

Beauteque Head-To-Toe Aloe Bag Review

Not everyone is interested in beauty subscription services. Now if you're reading my blog, you're most likely not one of those people, however you may be on a strict budget that doesn't always leave much room to pay for a monthly subscription. The good news is, every month Beauteque releases a new limited edition bag called their "Head-To-Toe" series. This is not a subscription, but a one-time purchase bag that is curated around a specific theme. So if you have a little extra month on a particular month and want to treat yourself to something special without committing to a subscription, the Head-To-Toe bags are perfect for you!
Or...you could subscribe to the BB bag and grab the Head-to-Toe bag if you're really addicted to kbeauty!

The June Head-to-Toe bag was all about Aloe, and there's really no better time of year to stock up on Aloe skincare products. During the summer heat your skin really can take a beating if you're not extra careful. Sunburns, dryness and irritation are all pretty common during the warmer months, and there are few things better for soothing and treating irritated skin than Aloe!

From Beauteque:
 June means time outside, and time outside usually means sunburn. It's commonly known that the aloe plant is the perfect remedy for skin spent in the sun. However, aloe can be featured in a wide range of products such as lotions, emulsions, toners, mists and sheet masks. The hydrating and cooling properties as well as Vitamin E, A, C and B in aloe might make this plant your new favorite skincare ingredient!

(Prices of items are estimated by me based on an average price found through various online stores as Beauteque did not provide retail prices on the info card)

3W: Fresh Aloe Sheet Mask ($1)
Tosowoong Pure Aloe Sheet Mask ($2) 
Aloe sheet masks are amazing for soothing your skin after a day in the sun. They're perfect to throw into your purse or beach bag- you'd be amazed at how refreshing they feel on skin that has been in the sun all day! I've even put sheet masks on other parts on my body that have been accidentally sunburned like my shoulders or chest etc. These are also great to put into the fridge and apply on a warm day for an instant cooling sensation. Ahh...so refreshing! I definitely got through aloe sheet masks pretty quickly since I find them great for this time of year, so I'm happy to see 2 in this bag!

Nature Republic Aloe Vera Body Cream ($10)
 Speaking of soothing irritated skin, what is better than a body cream that contains 90% Aloe? This lotion will soothe and protect the skin from irritation while healing dry skin and leaving it feeling dewy and soft. I love a really creamy body lotion, so I decided to immediately give this one a try.
Nature Republic is known for their great Aloe products, and this lotion is no exception. It's creamy but not so thick that it doesn't absorb well. It feels cooling and soothing, and genuinely made my skin feel super soft. I feel like this is going to be a great lotion to use on my arms and legs after a long day at the Farmer's Market!

 It's Skin: Aloe Soothing Gel ($6)
 I mean...what's an Aloe bag without an Aloe Soothing Gel, am I right? While I'm used to seeing those giant tubs of Aloe gel from Korean companies, I'm actually pleased to see this smaller, more portable squeeze tube! Aloe Gel can be used for so many things skincare-wise. You can use it on the face and body to soothe irritated skin. One of my favorite ways to use aloe gel is on my legs immediately after shaving. It really helps moisturize and keep razor burn and irritation away completely. Ever since I discovered how well it works on my legs, I tend to go through it pretty quickly, especially during the warmer months. This is a great product to have on hand!

 Welcos: Aloe Vera Soothing Gel Mist ($8)
 I've noticed that most people either love or hate facial mists. I was one who didn't like them before I discovered kbeauty. I hated the sensation of being sprayed in the face with something. After seeing so many magical-looking facial mists though, I ended up giving in and now I'm a huge fan of them! This is similar to an Aloe Gel, only it comes in an easy to apply mist. This is probably the most important thing in my beach bag because you can mist your face and entire body with this to keep your skin calm and moisturized. The first facial mist I ever tried was an Aloe mist, and I found that it worked amazingly well when used immediately after a sheet mask. It helps remove that sticky residue that some sheet masks can leave behind!

Nature Republic: Smoothing Aloe Moisture Emulsion ($12)
This is an emulsion, which is another word for a facial lotion that isn't as thick as a cream. It claims to immediately absorb into the skin leaving it fresh and hydrated. Most people either prefer emulsions or creams. Some people with very dry skin will sometimes apply an emulsion and a cream on top. For me, it depends on the season. I have combination skin, so in the winter I tend to use a heavier cream and in the warmer months I will switch to an emulsion to keep from getting overly oily. I was excited to give this a try, only I ran into a little problem.
So while I did just mention earlier that Nature Republic is known for their aloe products...I never said they were known for their packaging. For some reason, they decided to put a relatively thick emulsion into a bottle like this:
 Guys...I cannot get this lotion out to save my life. I have shaken it with all my strength. I have smacked my hand into the opening hoping I could suction some of the lotion out...nope. Nada. I couldnt' even get a tiny amount out to do a swatch. I'm not sure if I somehow got a dud product or what, but this is definitely too much of a pain in the butt for me to continue bothering with. It's unfortunate too because I needed a lighter emulsion for the warmer weather and I was hoping this one would be it. Did anyone else get this bag and have the same issue?

Silicon Massage Pad ($1)
Silicon massage pads are used to deep clean the skin while also still being gentle. The soft silicon bristlesget into had to reach places and help remove excess dirt and oil from deep within the pores.
I like the Beatueque includes beauty tools and lifestyle products. I especially like it when they're branded, like the Tonymoly eyelash curler we recently received. The reason for that is because I find these "no-name brand" products have all been lackluster quality-wise, and this Massage pad is no exception. If I didn't already own a Skinfood version of this massage pad, I might have nothing to compare it to, but alas...I do. The Skinfood one is relatively inexpensive (I believe under $3) and is 10x better quality than this one. If you don't already have a silicon massage pad and you're thinking of picking up this bag, don't let me deter you. This massage pad will do the job just fine, but it's definitely not worth much more than $1 in my personal opinion.
Overall Thoughts
The Head-to-Toe Aloe bag costs $29 plus shipping, and from my estimated value calculations is worth $40.
While I don't think that this is the best value that Beauteque has ever offered, I am always more interested in the curation. Why? Because even though the total value of these products is $40 or so, paying for overseas shipping, or separate shipping costs due to buying from multiple places etc would end up costing much more. Plus it takes work sifting through the hundreds and hundreds of kbeauty products to find the ones that work for you! Beauteque is able to curate a bag filled with essential Aloe products and do a great job including a wide variety. I would have liked to see a toner in here in place of the emulsion that I couldn't get out of the bottle, but other than that I am pleased with the Aloe products that were included. I think this is a great choice for anyone who spends a lot of time outside during the Summer (and who doesn't?) but it would also be a great gift for anyone in your life with a Summer birthday! 

If you'd like to purchase the Head to Toe Aloe Bag, you can do so right HERE. And don't forget: Beauteque ships to many more countries than just the US and Canada- so no matter where you are you can get your kbeauty fix!
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8 comments:

  1. Couldn't you just pop that plastic piece out of the top of the emulsion?

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    1. Hey Kathy!
      I actually tried popping the plastic piece out and it was incredibly difficult to do but my fiance eventually pried it off, even doing so, since the bottle is a very hard plastic and the emulsion is quite thick, you still have to forcefully shake it out and it doesn't really come out at all. it's really strange. Idk if mine is just thicker than it supposed to be? I'll have to look into it.

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  2. Never thought of putting aloe gel on my legs after shaving! I apply it after I have irritated legs xD so that's too late then haha Thank for the tip! :D

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    1. You're welcome! I actually got the idea from someone on MUT awhile back but it does an amazing job at soothing razor burn! :)

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  3. Just use a Q-tip to get the emulsion out. That's what I have been doing. Not sure what I'm going to do when it starts getting to low for the Q-tip to reach

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    1. That's a good idea! But you're right-I'm not sure how I would get out the rest once the q-tip doesn't reach anymore. I wish I knew what their intentions were with this packaging since it doesnt' seem to work with the emulsion at all. :( I was interested in trying it but I feel like it's more trouble than it's worth!

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  4. My emulation seems to be coming out ok, but the I'm used to getting creams out of the bottom of packages. I'll probably just cut off the top of the bottle when it gets too difficult and decant it into a jar. I actually got the fun in the sun bag as well and they complement each other quite nicely. There is toner in the fun in the sun bag, I believe it was aloe or cucumber.

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    1. Update: I've fixed the Emultion problem by sticking as lean pump into the bottle. It comes out really easy now.

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