Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Beauteque Monthly: July 2015 Review

While most people do "Spring Cleaning", I tend to do a clean out of all my beauty and skincare products during the Summer. This past week, I spent 2-3 days going through each and every drawer, nook and cranny and forced myself to let go of things that I probably wouldn't get around to using. One of the perks of being a blogger is always having a stash of makeup and skincare on hand, but the bad thing is that it's usually too much for one person to use. This is why I'm secretly planning a fun kbeauty giveaway very soon as well! 
Now even though I have so much stuff that I'm always trying to get rid of, there are some subscriptions that feel like an absolute necessity in my life. I'm subscribed to a few that I could take or leave at this point, to be honest. But one that I always look forward to is Beauteque Monthly. I have a lot of kbeauty products, but since it's one of my weird obsessions, I always want new and exciting products. When I was buying Memeboxes, I was getting insane amounts of them and had more stuff than I knew what to do with. What i like about Beauteque is that they keep my obsession alive and send me stuff every month to have fun with, but I'm never overwhelmed, and it's always a great variety of things that I've already used up or dove into by the time the following month's bag comes. 
I also think the BB Bags are the best kbeauty subscription right now in regards to price and product selection. I also think that Beauteque has been doing a great job with the curation over the past few months, and July's bag was no exception!
The July Bag theme was "Picnic of Pretty" so this cute checkered bag is perfect for that! It reminds me of a picnic blanket and is bright and cheerful for the Summer.

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)

-6 or more full sized products in every bag
-A value between $65 to $85+
-Makeup, skincare, and 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 July Bag! 
Beauteque Blending Brush ($15)
Beauteque has a line of mineral eye shadows and face powders and has also been slowly releasing brushes with their branding. This is the blending brush, although I have one very important use for brushes like this: wash off mask applicator. I never used these brushes in the past because I use different brushes for blending, however they are soft, yet firm enough to help apply all kinds of wash off masks. My old one was getting a little beaten up, so I'm super happy that this came at the perfect time. The bristles are super soft, yet firmly packed and it feels like very nice quality.

Holika Holika: Golden Monkey Glamour Lip ($7)
When I first saw this in the bag I thought, "Oh no...not another 3-step nose pack!" If you haven't seen them, they're basically a 3-step nose strip that is completely useless unless you suffer from a lot of blackheads on your nose- which most people don't. The nose packs don't remove sebaceous filaments, which is what most of us have and mistake for blackheads. Having said all that, I was incredibly and embarassingly excited to see this was a 3-step lip treatment. Fun!
Step 1 is an exfoliating treatment that confused me a bit. It looks like a sheet mask for your lips, but you're not supposed to just leave it on, you're supposed to massage your lips with it to remove dead skin cells. Mkay, then. I actually applied it to my mouth and left it on for about 2 minutes before I started massaging it on my lips. Even though it doesn't feel abrasive in any way, I did see visible skin and flakes coming off my mouth, so it somehow magically works, which is good stuff!
Step 2 is your typical lip mask. It feels like a hydrogel, it shaped like a big pair of pucker lips and sort of sticks right onto your mouth. This is a thinner one, which is actually good because the thick ones tend to not stick as well. I left this one on for about 15 minutes. I never think the lip hydrogels do anything, to be honest. My lips have never felt different after using one of these, but hey- I did it for the sake of science.
Step 3 is a honey lip essence. You can pull the "steps" apart from each other, and I would suggest doing so for this one so you can squeeze it out and apply it easier. I would also recommend only applying a little at a time- there is at least 3 applications in here- I've gotten 4 and still have some left. It's not at all sticky, but feels really moisturizing on the lips. I wish they sold this stuff in a tube because it is really lovely!
I'm not sure if this mask did wonders for my lips or anything, but it was a fun pampering session regardless!

The Yeon: Jeju Hallabong Special Peeling and Pack Mini 4 Set ($10)
Woohoo!! Those of us familiar with Memebox are already well versed in The Yeon. While they were a new brand to me at the time, I am now pretty familiar with them thanks to my own testing and other beauty blogger reviews on their fun citrusy products. This particular 4 pack is a set of wash off masks that each have a different use. The live pack replenishes and energizes the skin while the peeling gel exfoliates and smooths. The Pore ghassoul pack gets rid of dirt and excess oil. The peeling gel is used by massaging it onto clean dry skin until it "congeals" then continue to massage for 1 more minute before rinsing. The live pack is applied to face and left on for 15 minutes and rinsed with cold water. The ghassoul pack is applied after cleansing and toning and left on for 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water. 
I haven't gotten around to using any of these yet, but I seriously can't wait. I've had some great luck with products from The Yeon, and I'm sure I'm going to really enjoy these as well!

Etude House: Milk Talk Body Wash in "Steam Milk" ($12)
This was one of the products in this month's bag that you had a choice of scent, although I chose strawberry and received the steamed milk, I'm fine with that considering I don't really have a preference. I have used and really enjoyed the chocolate version of this body wash so I'm sure I will like this one as well. I particularly favor things that have insanely cute packaging, but I like it even more when the product is awesome. Since I have very sensitive skin on my body I'm always careful with the body washes I use, but since this one didn't irritate my skin, I'm pleased to have another one.

Secret Key: Witch Hazel Pore Clear Toner ($19)
While we weren't able to choose our type of toner, subscribers were given one at random between Aloe and Witch Hazel. I think this would have been a good "choice" item though, considering one is best for dry skin and the other for oily. I lucked out and got the toner that fits my skin type. I love witch hazel toners and since this one is specifically made to clear pores, I'm already planning on making this the next toner I use. Some people have issues with the fact that this toner has a small amount of alcohol in it, however most of the toners I use that work the best for me seem to. They don't necessarily tingle or have any sensation on my skin either, so alcohol in small amounts isn't a deal-breaker for my skincare. I do have a couple versions of this toner and I like them, so I'm hoping I'll enjoy this one as well!

Tonymoly: Crystal Blusher in "Peach" ($8)
I go through these weird phases with blush. Sometimes I couldn't care less and I end up using the same shade every single day for months. Other times, I want every color, tone, and finish possible and I mix and match them to my mood, the weather, you name it. Blush can actually make a huge difference if you apply different shades to compliment the rest of your makeup! This is was the other product that subscribers were able to choose the shade of, and I really love this one! It's almost a rosy-peach shade. It's great for the warmer weather and for a natural flushed look, which is what I normally go for! I haven't opened it yet because I am forcing myself to finish up the current blush I have, but since I already have 2 blushes from this line, I know it's nicely pigmented, and they blend really beautifully too!
Overall Thoughts
The June BB Bag cost $24 (plus shipping) and has a total value of $71.
I thought this bag was not only bright and colorful (perfect for the season!) but also well curated in terms of brands and product variety. You've got a beauty tool, makeup, skincare, body care, and masks all represented here and all the brands are popular or buzzworthy. There wasn't a single product this month that I didn't have a use for or didn't like, which is pretty rare for me in terms of kbeauty since I'm so stinkin' picky! This might be one of my favorite BB bags thus far, and I hope they continue to produce this kind of quality in the following months. I know the Fall is coming up before we know it, and that's when my skin needs the most attention!

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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  2. I've been missing my BB Bags! I may have to start getting them again. Although... I also have a "too much stuff" problem. These always have something interesting in them and that Milk Talk body wash looks like fun!

    1. I think the BB Bags go in waves in terms of quality, personally. Sometimes I'm like, "mmmm this is okay, but not amazing." and other times they're really solid in terms of value and product variety. I do think they're worth it overall. Even though I have an overwhelming amount of stuff, I do like to get a monthly delivery of korean beauty in my mailbox- it feels weird if I don't! HAHAH :)

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