Sunday, October 25, 2015

The 3b Box: Beauty Beyond Borders October 2015 Review and Unboxing

Even though I cut down on all my subscriptions, I couldn't let go of 3B. I decided I would allow myself to keep obviously any subscriptions that I have prepaid for, as well as 2 that I pay for month-to-month. 3B was one of the two that made the cut. Why? Well first off, it's only $12 a month. There are fewer and fewer subscriptions around nowadays in that price range that actually offer a great value. What I really enjoy about 3B is they've kind of picked up where Birchbox left off- introducing me to new products with full size and deluxe samples. The only difference is that 3B is Asian Beauty- primarily Korean, while Birchbox focuses more so on Western brands. I find that I've been consistently using the products I get in my 3B box, which to me, makes it more than worth it. Plus $12 a month to get a little kbeauty surprise in the mail each month isn't too hard on the wallet!

What is 3B?
3b (stands for Beauty Beyond Borders) is a subscription service that I have coined the KBeauty Birchbox. While you receive mostly Korean products, they have also included Japanese brands in the past as well. Normally the boxes contain deluxe samples, however they have been known to also include full sizes! 

The Cost
Only $12 a month! (that includes shipping!)
(3b currently only ships to the US)

What's In the Box?
Each box contains a collection of  4-5 deluxe samples that are new or popular in Asia but hard to get your hands on. The products will change each month, and you’ll get to try new skincare, haircare, nail care, and cosmetic products. Sample products range from go-to brands such as Lioele, Etude House and Skinfood to high-end premium brands like SK-II, K, and Sulwhasoo.

Where Do I Sign Up?
You can learn more about 3B, and sign up for their monthly subscription HERE. 3B is quite popular so there is occasionally a waitlist to subscribe, so if you're interested- the sooner you sign up the better!
While this is called the 3B box, and it does arrive in one, your products are housed each month in a cute organza bag. I really prefer these bags to getting full-on makeup bags (like ipsy for example) because these are easily stored away to be used again, are lighter to ship and take up less space. I can only use so many makeup bags, so I'm never a fan of receiving them each month through various subscriptions.

DHC: Alpha-Arbutin White Mask
DHC is "Japan's #1 direct skincare company" according to 3B, but I'm just excited to try more Japanese products! This sheet mask fights dullness and discoloration while helping eliminate aging concerns and sun damage. Arbutin brightens the skin while mulberry, serine and peony work together to moisturize and enhance skins radiance. While I'm always saying I have way too many sheet masks, I'm happy to expand my horizons outside of Korean brands, but I also have a soft spot for brightening sheet masks due to how well they even my blotchy skin tone!

It's Skin: Power 10 Formula VC Effector
Full size product alert! This serum is rich in vitamin C and green tea extract to help suppress melnin formation to reduce the appearance of dark spots, freckles and acne scars. I am in a constant battle with my acne scars considering I was a picker for many years. I love trying products that promise to help eliminate them! This serum also helps refine the skins texture overall and brightens the complexion. It's suggested to use this after cleansing and toning, so I'm assuming it can be used during the essence/serum step of my routine. I'm really excited to give this a try since my Missha ampoule is on it's last pump!

Lador: Perfect Hair Filler
I am almost positive I got this product in a past Memebox and never ended up trying it myself. I've been getting more into hair products lately now that my hair is becoming healthier, so I'm all about these little vials now! Apparently this is a concentrated ampoule that contains protein, silk amino acid, keratin, collagen and ceramide. It's like a cocktail of everything your hair loves! This treatment is used to condition and repair even the most damaged hair. To use this, you apparently mix the ampoule with water in a 1:1 ratio and it turns into a cream-like consistency. It's then massaged into the hair and left on for 20 minutes then rinsed. I'm not sure if this is used on dry or wet hair though, so that's something I'm going to have to look into!

Holika Holika: Good Cera Toner and Emulsion
The Good Cera line from Holika Holika was one of the first I tried from the brand years ago. It's really a great line for normal or dry skin in particular because it is formulated with ceraminde, which helps skin retain it's moisture and elasticity. Of course, these are used in this order: toner, then emulsion to moisturize. I wouldn't say that these are mind-blowing products or anything, but I remember enjoying them- especially in the colder months. I have combo/oily skin and I was still able to use these without an issue in the past, so I'll definitely use these little samples!
Overall Thoughts
Honestly, for $12 a month, can you really beat 3B? There are a few kbeauty subscriptions out there nowadays, but none are as inexpensive as 3B. And as inexpensive as they are, they still manage to deliver a great value. I think this was a really great box this month and had a nice variety and interesting products. We received 5 completely different items, and one of them was a really substantially-sized serum. I also like that they gave subscribers 2 of the hair treatments instead of one. I was a little unsure with 3B at first, but month after month they have been improving and including a wider variety of brands, which I'm extremely happy about. Even though I'm overloaded with beauty products, I'm able to work the items I get in my 3B boxes into my routines easily!

There is frequently a wait list to subscribe to 3B, so if you're interested I would sign up as soon as possible. You can get on the wait list here. Right now they're only shipping to the US, but they have been openly asking their customers where we would like them to ship to next. So if you live outside the US, make sure you get in touch with them and tell them you want them to ship to your country!
 If you'd like to learn more about 3B, you can do so HERE.
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  1. This looks like such a good bag this month! So far 3B keeps on making me happy, especially for the price. A little disappointed that mine hasn't shipped yet though :( From looking at their FB page it looks like I'm not alone, but I sent them a PM to ask about it. Can't wait til it gets here! I've been wanting to try those It's Skin ampoule's for ages.