Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Beauteque Monthly BB Bag Review and Unboxing

It looks like Beauteque had a little issue with shipping this month, and the vast majority of subscribers got their bags in the last days of October. Mine came on the 31st, and since I had a lot of spooky Halloween planning to do, there was no way I was going to get this review up before the end of the month. Having said that, I understand things happen and sometimes subscriptions are late- as long as they show up, that's all I'm concerned about! I just hope Beauteque has their shipping issues wrapped up for November!

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 October Bag!
The bag this month was actually pretty cute. I'm normally not really into them honestly, but this one, while plastic, had a cute lace layered on the outside. It's something I'd probably use for travel, so I'll hang onto this one. This month's bag had the theme of "Life of Luxury" and their info card had me thinking we were about to get some seriously fancy-pants stuff here:

Settle into a crisp, cool autumn with one of the most exquisite collections ever curated by Beauteque. Fragrant body lotion, invigorating facial wash, and a luxurious hand treatment are among the products you will delight upon finding in this beautiful bag.  This BB Bag was designed with the deserving recipient in mind, you.

The most exquisite collection ever curated, eh? Alright. I'm interested. 
Baviphat / Urban Dollkiss: EasyLooks Soft Lipstick ($11)
I've been looking more into the Baviphat "Urban Dollkiss" line of makeup lately since TesterKorea started carrying a larger stock and variety of their products over the past few months. Their packaging and shade selection is really nice, and everything is pretty affordable. I was happy to see a lipstick this month since it's one of my favorite types of makeup, but I unfortunately didn't get a shade that works for me. I've been told by a couple of people that the shade comes off a lot more sheer on the lips, but I think I might gift this shade to a friend who is much more into bright lip colors than I am. I was hoping for a deep red, berry or nude tone. This one is just really, really bright. From other reviews I've read, it feels really nice and moisturizing on the lips, so I might consider picking up some other shades that work better for me.

Beauteque Contour Brush ($12)
I have actually used some Beauteque brushes that they've sent in the past, but this is the first one that has been a pretty metallic purple color! They're actually very nice quality and I'm excited to add this one to my collection! It's listed as a contour brush, although I'm not entirely sure I'd call it that. Most of my contour brushes are a bit more dense and are cut differently- at an angle- to get better control while contouring. I would most likely use this brush as a stippling brush or a blush brush. Regardless, I'm pleased with the appearance and the quality so I'll definitely be using this!

AngelLooka: Ultra Moisturizing Hand Mask Pack ($6)
This is a hand mask that is made up of two gloves that are filled with a creamy essence. This one apparently warms on contact with the skin, which is pretty awesome! It also seems like some people could have received a cooling one as well. I'm pretty sure we got the warming foot version of this in a past Mask Maven, and while I thought it made my feet really soft, I didn't really feel a warming effect at all. I'm hoping this one isn't the same! I would love a warming hand mask during these cold months!

Happy Bath: Facial Yogurt Foam Cleanser ($12)
It seems like subscribers could have received a variety of cleanser types, however I received the Fruits Essence "flavor". I haven't had a chance to test the pH of this yet, although I'm taking a wild guess that it will be much higher than I like to use. Also I don't use foaming cleansers very often, if at all, because the foam feels really stripping on my facial skin. I have been keeping cleansers that I can't use on my face to wash makeup brushes or as a body wash, so that makes all those cleansers I can't use have a purpose again! 

Secret Key: Glam Romance Body Lotion in "Romance No. 2" ($20)
 I know a lot of subscribers had issues with getting a perfumed body lotion. I think most people prefer something a little more tame like a fruity or dessert kind of scent. These body lotions match up with the Secret Key body mists of the same scent, and they're all modeled after famous fragrances. A variety of scents were sent to subscribers, however I received the "Romance No. 2" variety. Upon looking up the details of this scent, it's made up of "orange, basil, jasmine, lily of the valley, Rose, ylang ylang, amber and powdery musk." It's supposed to smell like The Body Shop's White Musk, which is actually a scent I'm fond of. I did give this lotion a try, and it absolutely smells like White Musk with a hint more "powder" to it. It's not awful by any means, and I probably would have kept it if the lotion was thicker. It felt more like a hand lotion in consistency. I like my body lotions to be a bit thick and rich, especially since my skin gets super dry in the Winter. I'll be passing this on to my mom who loves musky scents like I do.
Also, you know me...I have to mention something about the value, here. I know some of the values listed on the info card for these products are pretty inflated, but this one almost made me spit out my coffee. $20 value?? Secret Key, the brand itself, sells these lotions for under $8. The value Beauteque has given on the card isn't even remotely in that realm. $10? Fine. Heck, $12 would make more sense than $20. I honestly don't know where their values come from, but that is just silly.

SNP: Cactus Soothing Gel ($18)
I'll admit I used to hate getting soothing gels in kbeauty boxes. I had no idea what I was even supposed to use them for. To me, they were never moisturizing enough to use as a lotion, but I couldn't really find a place to put them in my skincare routine, either. However I discovered that soothing gels of any variety work beautifully on my legs to soothe the skin after shaving, while moisturizing and preventing razor burn. Since then I've been in love with them! There seemed like there was only aloe soothing gels for a little while, but lately I've seen watermelon, cactus, cucumber- you name it! They all come in super cute packaging, as you can see from this one! Soothing gels can be used all over the body, so if you like a light, fast absorbing moisturizer this is a great option!
Overall Thoughts
Beauteque Monthly costs $24 (plus shipping) and the October bag has a Beauteque value of $79. As I said above, many of the price are extremely inflated this month. After taking a quick look online, I would say the value of this bag is closer to around $45. This is still a great value, so I'm not sure why Beauteque consistently lists such an insanely inflated value on their info cards. I have worked with Beauteque for a long time now and I think they're a great company and aren't trying to deceive anyone to my knowledge, so why the insanely high values? I just wish their values were more realistic so subscribers would know the real value.
My endless complaints about "real values" aside, I think this is a pretty nice bag. I think the description was uhm...really overstated to say the least, though. I don't think this is the "most exquisite curation" they've ever done. I don't see any luxurious products or brands for that matter. What I do see is a relatively nice curation of useful products. I think the only issue with curation is that they've included 2 body moisturizers, essentially. I would have liked to see another skincare item in place of the perfumed body lotion, but other than that I think this is pretty nice!

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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  1. I've really been putting off my review of this bag as I'm not entirely sure my thoughts. I don't hate it but I'm super annoyed by the inflated values and fluffy comments. "Exquisite curation" my ass. :)

    1. I felt the same way, honestly. Like if they had just called this bag something else and didn't insanely over-exaggerate it in the info card description along with ridiculously over-stated values, I probably would have had a better reaction to it. It's not perfect, but it's not a bad curation or one that I feel I was ripped off by getting- I just don't understand why they don't realize that overstating values puts a bad taste in subscribers mouths and they should probably stop doing it. sighhhh.