Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Beauteque Monthly BB Bag November 2015 Review and Unboxing

I've been doing something amazing lately: Actually using the products in my stash. I know. Crazy, right? I spent years constantly buying the newest and most exciting products and whatever was on sale or caught my eye, that I ended up with so much stuff that I'll never be able to use. So what did I decide to do? Give a lot of it away, of course. For the rest of the stuff hiding in all my drawers and in every nook and cranny of my bedroom: use it or lose it. I've really been plowing through products lately and I'm noticing there are so many awesome products I never even knew I had! 
Even though I'm cutting down on the products that come into my possession, there are still a small handful of subscription boxes that I get on a regular basis. I still have that weakness for kbeauty, even if it's stuff I don't need or maybe won't even use. I want packages filled with Korean skincare, damn it! Beauteque is one of the first kbeauty subscriptions based out of the US, and while they've had their ups and downs, I think that they have a solid value and do a good job curating new and interesting products. I wasn't overly thrilled with last months bag though, so I was hoping for a better one this month!

November's Theme:
Fall Favorites
Fall is one of the most visually stunning seasons of the year. Multicolored leaves, sunsets glowing through changing trees, and pumpkin patches are all a sight to behold. Inspired by the beauty this time of year, we curated an array to make you feel your most beautiful. Hand creams, body washes, masks and more are all here for your most beautiful season yet!
What is Beauteque Monthly?
Beauteque Monthly is a beauty subscription curated by the 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 November Bag!

Banila Co: Radiant Lace Hydrogel Eye Patch ($6.90)
Love me some eye-focused skincare. It's the first place I started to notice aging, and since then I've been super diligent about using quality eye creams, being gentle on that area in general and pampering with under-eye hydro gels every morning. Once in a while I like to get a fancier eye mask to spice things up a bit, and this one fits into that category quite well. This mask goes around the entire eye area and looks like a piece of gelatinous lace. Weird, but kind of cool. It contains ceramide, rose and white flower complex which help with moisturizing, anti-aging and revitalizing the skin around the eyes.  Love it. Using it asap!

 Cow Bubble and Aroma Bath Salt ($4)
This is what seems to be a single-use sachet of bubble and aroma bath powder. By the packaging, my guess is that this is rose-scented, which is my least favorite scent of all time for anything, so I'll be passing this on to my mom. This product actually made by a Japanese brand, which is fun since we don't see much of those in Beauteque bags! I'm weird about bath powders and stuff though. I don't really use them that often so this was a bummer of a product even if it wasn't rose-scented. Why not just include a nice sheet mask instead?

Urban Dollkiss/Baviphat: Paprika Anti-Wrinkle Hand Cream ($10)
I know I've heard a lot of people say they're tired of getting hand creams in kbeauty subscriptions, but I'm the kind of person who feels like they can never have enough! I use hand cream diligently, and even more so in the Fall/Winter months, so I'm super happy to have another one. Plus they come in such cute packaging! This one is going right next to my peach and orange hand creams on my vanity! When I first saw this product, I was concerned about the scent considering it's called "Paprika" hand cream and it comes in a green pepper container. I mean, what would you think this would smell like? Spices? Peppers? I was pleasantly surprised to find that it had a light, fruity scent and absorbed quickly and easily. This isn't a heavy-duty moisturizer but it would be great for daily use to keep your hands soft and smooth!

Secret Key Lemon D-Toc Peeling Gel ($15)
This stuff has become a bit of a cult favorite, especially with those of us who were part of that original Memebox crew. You all know who you are! It took me awhile to finally get around to trying this stuff out, but once I did I was super happy with the results. I usually don't feel like peeling gels do a much for my skin, but this one is amazing at gently sloughing away the dead skin, dirt and oil without being a "scrub" which I can't use on my face. Peeling gels sort of "ball up" on the skin and as you rub them, they roll away the dead skin and impurities on the face. I swear my skin looks brighter and more even-toned after I use this, and it's not overly abrasive which is perfect for me. I only use this product about once a week, but I definitely see a major difference when I do so I'm happy to have a backup of this!

A'Pieu: Finger Blusher ($10)
I love cream blushers that come in tubes like this- but I usually reserve them for the warmer weather. For some reason, that creamy, dewy tint on the cheeks just looks great during the warmer months! I actually own one of these blushes already in a different shade and I honestly wasn't impressed at all. They're not pigmented in the slightest, which is a shame. This shade is like...practically white from the looks of it. Perhaps it's a highlight? I didn't open this because I plan on giving it away since I'm not really a fan, but I might just risk it and pop this one open in case it's a highlight shade. Those can definitely come in handy!

Urban Dollkiss/Baviphat: Touch My Body Wash ($5.50)
I'm sorry, the moment I saw this body wash I started singing this song at the top of my lungs:

I mean...that's normal, right?

Back from kpop land, this body wash is part of a collection, and the bottles actually can hook together and stack on top of each other which is cute. I think subscribers all got different scents, and I unfortunately got the only one that I won't use. Rose. Always rose. Sigh. I like the addition of a body wash this month though- I tend to go through them pretty quickly and I'm always on the lookout for Korean branded body washes that are good for my sensitive skin. Maybe we'll see another one in a 2016 BB bag!

Bath Sponge ($5.50)
There's not a whole lot to say about this. It's a bath pouf! This tool pairs nicely with the body wash which is my only demand of the tools in these bags. As long as they're not just randomly thrown in the bag and they are there for a purpose, I'm all about them! This bath pouf is actually kind of neat though, because it has a mesh "handle" that you can slide your hand through and get a better grip while you're using it.

Beauteque Pore Brush ($8.99)
So according to the info card, there was supposed to be a pore brush included in the bag as well that I did not receive for some reason. Beauteque is awesome and already has it in the mail on it's way to me.
The exact pore brush was featured in the March Beauteque Bag, so I already own it. I'm not entirely sure why they would repeat an item like that, though. I suppose it's fine if you weren't subscribed in March, but I know that month-to-month subscribers or those who bought an entire Year subscription in advance might be getting a second one. It's actually a pretty nice product for cleaning out your pores around the nose and in little nooks and crannies on your face, so if you do already have one it would make a great gift.
Overall Thoughts
Beauteque Monthly costs $24 (plus shipping) and this bag as a Beauteque Value of about $65. Looking around briefly online and taking an average price for each product, I would say the value is closer to about $48. They did a much better job this time of putting non-inflated retail prices, although as usual with kbeauty, you can find a wide variety of prices on all these products. I tend to use the average price to come up with my overall value of these bags each month.
I think this bag was so much better than last month, and even more so when I ignore the Rose-scented items I got. Since scents are chosen at random, I'm only reviewing based on the product itself, not the scent. I think the only dud for me would be the bath salts since I won't use them. I would have much preferred another small item for the same retail price, like a lip balm or a nice sheet mask. I'm also bummed about the A'Pieu blush, however it's lack of pigmentation isn't really something Beauteque would know necessarily. Overall there are some nice products here, but my favorites are definitely the hand cream and the Banila Co eye mask. Cannot wait to slap that on tomorrow morning!

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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