Sunday, September 27, 2015

Beauteque Monthly BB Bag: September 2015 Review and Unboxing

 The September BB bag showed up pretty late this month- I almost thought it wasn't coming at all! Luckily, my mailman dropped off a stack of packages this morning and there it was resting right on top of the pack! I was immediately excited because I saw the theme this month was "Soothing Spa." I could totally use a spa night, let me tell you! I've been so incredibly busy lately with working multiple jobs, blogging, and a variety of other daily life stresses- give me a good mask and some cucumber water and let me take a break!
 As I mentioned above, the September Bag theme was "Soothing Spa," although I'm not entirely sure if the bag itself coincides with that theme...unless it's tacky 80's spa with fake palm trees painted on the walls? haha idk- I've never been a fan of the makeup bags that come with subscriptions like this one and Ipsy- I feel like they're wasteful and never really high enough quality for me to want to keep. I do tend to give them away at times, but this one is kind of ugly...I can't lie. Sorry, Beauteque!
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!

-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 September Bag! 

Modeling Pack Mixing Bowl & Spatula Set ($5)
Inner Kallia: Special Care Modeling Pack Mask in "Collagen" ($6)
This is definitely a good way to start off a spa-themed bag! What we have here is a mask pack complete with mixing bowl and spatula! If you're not familiar with this type of mask, it's essentially a powder that you mix with water and apply the face. Once it dries, it usually has a rubber-like consistency and is able to be peeled off the skin in one go. They're actually pretty fun and super relaxing! A few different varieties went out in the bags this month, and the one I received was Collagen. I can always use a moisturizing mask this time of year, so I'm down with collagen! I so already have a mixing bowl and spatula for sheet masks, so I'm passing this one on to a friend. Regardless, I think it was a very nice item to include in this type of bag!

 The Saem: Mint Jungle Foot Cream ($12)
I admit I don't have a whole lot of experience with the Saem as a brand, but since SHINee are their spokespeople, I've suddenly become way more interested in their brand. Their marketing worked on me, I gotta admit! ;)
 I mean...look at those perfect dewy faces!!

But anyway, this particular product isn't for the face, it's for the feet! I'm one of those weirdos that is obsessed with foot care products. I have heel patches, foot peeling/moisturizing masks, scrubs, creams, you name it! I especially love thick, moisturizing creams that contain mint because they're so soothing! This one has a really great scent that does have a mintiness to it, but it also has a light floral scent as well that mixes well. It contains Spearmint, apple mint, honey and peppermint extracts that help moisturize and revive tired feet. I gave this stuff a try tonight and it absorbs really nicely and does a great job instantly softening the feet. Already a big fan of this!

Aritaum: Aloe No Wash Cleansing Water ($22)
While I've heard of cleansing waters being a thing for awhile now, I only recently started using one for myself and I'm obsessed with them! I'm super lazy when it comes to cleansing- and while I have my favorite oil and cream cleansers, I most often use makeup remover and cleansing wipes to do the job. Lately I've been using a cleansing water that I've had laying around for a little while and it's made such a huge difference! Cleansing waters are also great to use in the morning- as doing a heavy-duty cleanse can strip away all the replenished healthy oils and goodness that your skin has restored while you slept. A cleansing water works to get rid of all the sweat and excess oil that showed up during your snooze, without going overboard. 
Beauteque offered either this Aloe variety or a Green Tea scent from The Saem. I'll admit I would have preferred the Green Tea one, but I think Aloe is a pretty safe bet in regards to it not irritating my skin or causing breakouts etc. This is a massive bottle too, so I think this is a great value considering how little you need with each use!

Secret Key: Secret Kiss Holic Pigment Glitter ($8)
Well this is a peculiar one! While I will never turn away some sparkly, fun eye shadow, I'm not entirely sure that this kind of product fits with the "spa" theme of the bag. Color me confused, but we'll move on!
This is a highly pigmented loose shadow that has a really creamy texture. I'll say right now it's a pain in the butt to get out of the container. the opening is smaller than a pencil eraser, and if you shake it out into the lid, a LOT comes out. You need a steady hand and some patience to get the right amount. The shades vary from bag to bag, but I got this really beautiful pewter/brown shade. It's definitely something I would wear if I wanted a really dramatic, yet neutral-toned smokey eye. Perfect for a night out!

Aqua Gems: Herbal Soothing Cream ($18)
Switching gears again, we've come home from the night out wearing our sparkly eye shadow and we're back to the spa theme. This product is essentially a multi-use lotion that brightens, moisturizes and repairs the skin. You can use it on your face, or as a soothing lotion for irritated skin or dry hands. It has a mild botanical formula that includes chamomile and licorice extracts, witch hazel and cooling menthol. It seems like the perfect blend of products to soothe the skin! I can't find any information on this brand or this product online, so I do find the projected retail price of $18 a little nuts considering it's small size, but hey- it smells nice and feels nice on my skin, so I'll give it a go!
Overall Thoughts
The September BB Bag cost $24 (plus shipping) and has a total value of $71.
After comparing prices online, I would say the value of this bag is closer to around $50-$55, however that is still more than double what the subscription costs, so it's still a great value in my opinion!
Aside from the really random glitter bomb shadow, I think that the other products fit very well with the spa theme. I would have loves to see something else in here aside from the shadow- maybe a hand mask, or some sort of eye gel product? I'm not sure, but I couldn't help but feel there were loads of things that could have been here instead of the party-time shadows. Either way, I don't want my thoughts on that small misstep to take away from the rest of the bag- it really is quite nice! I think it was well curated and thought out in terms of product selection and theme, and I'm definitely pumped about the huge cleansing water and the fantastic foot cream!

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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