Saturday, May 30, 2015

Enter to WIN a Michael Kors Bag full of Beauteque Goodies and More!

Hey Guys!
I just wanted to post really quickly about this awesome giveaway that Beauteque is hosting!
I know many of you have been thinking about subscribing to the BB Bag, and there is no better time to do it!

Right now, buy ANY BB Bag Subscription from Now through June 5th at 12pm EST, and you will be automatically entered to win a Prize pack that includes a Michael Kors bag filled with all kinds of Korean Beauty Goodies!

When you subscribe, you MUST use the code: BAGANDBEAUTYGIVEAWAY in order to be entered to win!

Unfortunately, this giveaway is for new subscribers only, so you cannot be entered to win if you are already a subscriber.

First Prize has a $410 Value and includes a Michael Kors Tote and a variety of Kbeauty products hand picked by Beauteque!
Second Prize has a $210 value and includes a Michael Kors Purse and a variety of Kbeauty products hand picked by Beauteque.
Third Prize has a $112 value and includes a variety of Kbeauty products hand picked by Beauteque.

As I said above, if you've been thinking about subscribing, this is a great time to do it! Who doesn't want a Michael Kors tote bag to bring to the beach this Summer? 
If you're ready to subscribe, you can do so RIGHT HERE.

Good luck and please let me know if you win!! I'd love to see a Harlot Beauty reader snag the grand prize!

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Birchbox May 2015 Review and Unboxing

Aside from the super-beautiful Rifle Paper Co. Tote bag I added on last month, my April Birchbox was a mega flop for me. I had high hopes that my May box would be more up my alley. While I don't think Birchbox is the greatest subscription service in the game, they have been around for long than almost everyone else. Birchbox continues to provide excellent customer service, interesting brands, and the best points system in the game. I will admit the only reason why I still subscribe to Birchbox is because of the points system. I have gotten so many things for absolutely free by using Birchbox points! I'm at a point in my life where I really don't need beauty samples anymore- I'm overstocked to the point where I give them away to friends and family like water, but I still like to get Birchbox because I think like how much variety there is in what box I could get. It's also a lot of fun to see what other bloggers got in their boxes.

What's Birchbox?
If you're unfamiliar with Birchbox, they are one of the reasons why subscription boxes are such a huge deal! They weren't the first beauty box, but they were one of the first, and definitely the original low-cost beauty box to hit the market.
For $10 a month, 4-7 (on average it's about 5) deluxe beauty and lifestyle samples are delivered to your door. You take a little beauty survey when you sign up that helps them choose samples they think you would most enjoy. Birchbox is always fantastic for trying new up-and-coming brands, as well as some higher-end. I still use this subscription as a way to "try before I buy" because it's truly set up to be exactly that.

What's the Points System?
Each box you get contains a random number of samples, however the average amount is usually 5. When you receive your box, you can try out the products, and then go on the Birchbox website and review them. Birchbox awards 10 points per review, which is equal to $1 to spend in their shop. So at the end of it all, you're spending $10 on a box, and getting $5 or more dollars back in credit on their site. This pays off big when you find a product you really love and want to buy a full size. More often then not, you can pick it up for free with the points you've earned over time. 
 
For the month of May, Birchbox teamed up with the blog "Cupcakes and Cashmere" who chose some of her favorite products for the boxes this month.
Coastal Scents: Revealed 3 Eyeshadow Quad
I own the first 2 Revealed palettes,although I am so overloaded with palettes lately that I decided to skip on purchasing Revealed 3. I also saw some mixed reviews on the quality of the shadows. I like this cute quad of shadows as they all compliment each other nicely, although I have to admit that the pigmentation isn't what I expect from Coastal Scents and they're also a bit on the powdery side. I don't think it's a terrible mini-quad or anything, but I know it's not impressive enough for me to keep and use. 
 Benefit Cosmetics: Total Moisture Facial Cream
I have oily/combination skin and this is for normal to dry skin. I know that Birchbox cannot give us things that 100% fit our beauty profile all the time, but it's always a bummer when I get something I can't use and wish I could! I love how cute the packaging is for this cream! I think this would be a cute addition to a gift for someone with dry/normal skin. 

Jurlique: Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum
This is a botanical-based serum that is anti-aging and contains lots of potent natural ingredients. Since most of my skincare routine is planned out for the next year or so (I have so many skincare products waiting to be used!) I will be passing this one on to my mom. I actually enjoy Jurlique products and this seems like a nice serum though, so I'm actually pleased with it being included in my box. 
Macadamia Professional: Nourishing Moisture Oil Treatment
This was my sample choice this month, and while I normally don't choose hair products I noticed that I have an overwhelming amount of makeup and skincare, but no where near the same amount for my hair. Before I got into blogging or seriously into subscription boxes etc, I used and obsessed over this hair oil. While everyone was into the Moroccan Oil, I was singing the praises of the Macadamia Oil. Not only does this stuff smell absolutely amazing (seriously they need to make it a perfume) but it is super lightweight so it doesn't weigh my thin hair down at all.  I love how shiny and smooth my hair looks when I use this stuff. Plus this small bottle will last through months of daily use!
Harvey Prince Organics: Sea Salt Hair Mist
I believe Harvey Prince started out as solely a perfume company, but lately I've been seeing them coming out with Shampoo/Conditioner, body lotions and now a hair mist. Sea Salt mists seem to be insanely popular this season, and I actually used the entire sample of Parlor Sea Salt Mist that I received in a past Birchbox. I wasn't sure how I would like them in my hair, but I found that my hair had a bit more volume and texture which made it feel thicker, which I liked. I'm hoping this one gives me similar results!
Overall Thoughts
The May Birchbox was so much better than last month. Not only did I get my sample choice, but I received a nice variety of products: makeup, skincare and haircare. I think all the samples were substantial in size as well, which was awesome. Even though I'll only be keeping the hair products, I think the other 3 items were fitting to my profile (other than the face cream) and that's good on Birchbox. They're all perfectly nice products, so I'll be passing them on to friends and family rather than letting them sit in a drawer for all eternity! Overall, I'm pleased with the product selection and curation of my box this month. I'm still waiting on that "perfect" box that is filled with stuff I've never tried and things I can't live without. One can dream!

If you're interested in signing up for Birchbox, you can do that here!
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Friday, May 29, 2015

Beauteque Mask Maven May 2015 Review

This is my second month getting Mask Maven, and it was kind of embarrassing how excited I was to get this in the mail. I have more sheet masks than I could possibly use yet I'm always looking for new and interesting ones to add to my list of favorites. I use all kinds of sheet masks because I find that my combination skin is always needing some kind of care whether it be oil control, moisturizing, acne care etc. I love that Beauteque's Mask Maven provides a wide variety of masks for that very reason. What makes them even better is that they don't only include sheet masks so you never know what you'll be getting each month!

What is Mask Maven?
Mask Maven is a monthly subscription service that sends you 9-11 masks each month. These masks range from sheet masks, hand and foot masks, hair masks, wash-off masks and more, although it seems that it's usually sheet mask-heavy. You receive a different variety of masks each month.

Subscription Details and Pricing
 
You can subscribe Month-to-Month, or prepay for a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription. You are billed on the 20th of each month if you subscribe for the month-to-month option. If you subscribe after the 10th of the month, you will have to wait until the following month to receive your bag. Bags are shipped starting on the 20th of each month, although they have shipped earlier occasionally.

 Month to Month:
$16 per month
3 months:
$16 per Month
 6 months:
$15 per month
12 months:
$14 per month
 

Shipping costs range from $3.95 to $9.95 depending on where you live. Beauteque currently ships Mask Maven to the following Areas: US, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore.
Nature Republic: Shea Butter Hand and Nature Moisture Hand Mask
I have a love affair with hand and foot masks like this because they are pretty much impossible to come by in the state. These are essentially plastic gloves that go over your hands and are filled with a mosturizing essence. It's amazing how soft and smooth my hands feel after I use these, and Nature Republic has a good reputation with me when it comes to these types of masks for the hands and feet. This particular one is loaded with moisturizing goodies like honey, shea butter and vitamin E, so I'm excited to give this one a try!

Etude House: Scrub Massage Yogurt in "Sugar Apple"
This product was featured in a past Beauteque bag, and I admittedly passed them on to a friend because I rarely use wash-off type masks. I have heard good things about this one though, so I think I might keep it and give it a try! This is a wash-off facial scrub that you essentially apply to clean skin, massage and then rinse off. I'm interested to see how this works. I don't normally use manual exfoliators on my skin but if this one feels gentle enough, I might give it a try!

It's Skin: Todak Todak Mask Pack in "Honey"
I absolutely love using honey skincare products, so while I normally pass on wash off face masks, I'm definitely keeping this one on hand. I have received a lot of these Todak Todak packs from Beauteque, and I have always passed them onto friends and family, so I think the Honey one is the perfect mask to keep for myself and test out. I've read a few reviews on this one and it apparently smells amazing, so I might have  hard time keeping myself from eating it! I loooove the smell/taste of honey!
My Beauty Diary: Apply Polyphenol Sheet Mask
My Beauty Diary masks are known for their affordability and quality for the price. They're some of my favorite masks because I can stock up on them and not break the bank, but they also show visible results, even if just temporarily sometimes.  I'm pretty sure I've used this particular mask before but I don't know for sure- there are so many MBD mask varieties! This one is used to soothe and moisturize the skin, however it also has oil control and pore contricting properties making it perfect for someone with combination skin like I have- yay!

Leaders: Pore-Scaling Black Aqua Sheet Mask
Leader's masks have always worked incredibly well for me, so I was really excited to see another one in this Month's Mask Maven. This is a black-colored sheet mask, which can be hilarious when you're wearing it- but they're actualy black since there is charcoal and volcanic ash in the ingredients. This mask is used to get rid of excess oil and dead skin while evening out the skin tone. This is one that is going to the front of my sheet mask lineup as I'm super curious to see how well it works for me!

Etude House: Honey Sheet Mask
These particular Etude House masks have never been favorites of mine, mostly because I find the fit to be pretty poor on my face in particular. They also include alcohol, which isn't a total deal-breaker for me necessarily, however there are plenty of other masks in this low price range that work just as well and that don't include alcohol, or include it in much smaller amounts. Having said that, I do happen to like this Honey mask in particular. I find it to be very soothing on my skin as well as moisturizing without making me look oily, so I'll be keeping/using this one!
Hanaka: Aloe Hyaluronic Acid Sheet Mask
Hanaka is a Taiwanese brand that has been featured in past Beauteque bags, although I have my reservations regarding their sheet masks. There was one mask I tried immediately after receiving it, and I ended up with a small breakout so I've been quite uneasy about them ever since. It could have been a fluke, but anything that is even the slight bit suspicious on my skin I tend to avoid. Having said that, I know a few ladies who have tried and enjoyed these masks, so use your best judgement with your skin! This mask is used to soothe, moisturize and even out the skintone. For those of us who prefer to keep our skin pale and even during the summer months, these kinds of masks are definitely needed!

Missha: Pomegranate Sheet Mask
I really love Missha. I swear some of my favorite skincare products are Missha branded, however there are few things I hate more than these sheet masks. I have tried them time and time again and I've never had good luck with them. This one in particular contains pomegranate extract and vitamin E along with some other skincare goodies, but I find that not only do these masks not fit my face very well, but they also tend to make my skin feel tingly in a bad way. I have no idea why only the Missha masks do this, but I feel like there are so many other masks out there that do great things for my skin, so i'll be passing this onto someone who does happen to enjoy them.

Humanpia Costech: Avocado Essence Mask
I believe this is a Japanese brand of sheet mask that is also on the low-end in regards to price. the ingredients list looks pretty good, although it's essentially a soothing, moisturizing mask which I have dozens of. "Soothing and Moisturizing" seem to be the default for sheet masks, it seems. Even so, these are great to have on hand when you go to the beach or if you've been out in the sun at a cookout all day! I actually used an aloe sheet mask after a cookout this weekend and it felt so amazing on my sun-irritated skin!
Overall Thoughts
 Mask Maven costs $16 per month (less if you pre-pay for a longer subscription) and the May bag contained 9 masks, making each mask cost under $2. While you can definitely get Korean sheet masks for less than that, $2-$3 is the average price from US-based stores, so I believe this is actually a great value. I really loved the variety of masks in this month's bag, but I especially appreciated the hand mask. I hope that since the summer has arrived they will also include a foot mask in a future bag, because whether it be a peeling or a moisturizing foot mask, I can not get enough of them! Since I walk around barefoot a lot in the Summer, those masks are in constant use for me during the warmer months. I also like that there was a mask pack, and massage scrub as well. While I do love sheet masks, it's nice to get a variety of products. I think what Mask Maven does so well is the variety of featured brands. I love seeing brands that I already love and recognize, but they also include new brands that I haven't heard of or haven't tried much from. It's hard to say completely how I feel about this subscription after only 2 months, but right now I feel like it is more than worth the money, especially if you use sheet masks as much as I do!

If you'd like to learn more about Mask Maven or sign up for yourself, you can do so HERE.

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Beauteque Monthly: May 2015 BB Bag Review

It's amazing how little shopping I do for beauty products lately. There was a time when I was locking up my credit cards for fear of maxing them out loading up my Sephora cart or shipping a huge box of kbeauty products from a Korean retailer. I started noticing how many products I actually had, and it was pretty scary. I've been on a strict low buy for a couple of months now and it's actually been so relieving to not only have less stuff coming in, but also gaining the time to really use and enjoy the products I do have. 
Having said that, you know I have my weaknesses. Korean Beauty is one of them. I just wouldn't feel like myself if I didn't get a couple of packages filled with kbeauty goodness each month, which is why Beauteque and I are like BFF's. The monthly BB Bags are such a great way to get my kbeauty fix without breaking my low buy pact with myself.

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!

Details
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)

WHAT WILL I RECEIVE?
-7 (or more!) full sized products in every bag
-A value between $65 to $85+
-Makeup, skincare, jewelry, lifestyle products
-Products from Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Europe, America

SHIPPING
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 May Bag!
The theme this month is "Marvelous May" and features products that will get you prepped for a day out during the beautiful Spring weather! The bag this month was this black and white striped satin-feeling bag with a pink zipper. Kind of a fun one, however mine had what looked like an ink stain on the side of it (not pictured) so rather than giving it away as I normally do, I'll probably donate it or use it to store things.

It's Skin: Mini Bebe Mist in "Apple" ($11)
This was one of the products that we were able to choose, and in this case it was a choice of scent. I'm not entirely sure why I went with the Apple, but I think it's because all of them sounded nice and I just picked one at random! While this looks like a typical body splash, it's actually quite mild and can also be used as a facial mist to refresh and moisturize your skin. The scent is exactly like a red delicious apple, so I'd have no problem dousing myself in this! It's a great little mist to toss in your beach bag!

May Island: Donkey Milk Skin Mask Pack ($3.20 ea)
Donkey Milk has been popular in Korean skincare for awhile, but it seems to be gaining popularity with the Western k-beauty enthusiasts lately. These sheet masks are actually really cool because they also come with a cleanser and an ampoule packet that you are supposed to use in conjunction with the sheet mask. I am incredibly picky with my cleansers so I most likely wouldn't use this one, but I'd definitely give the ampoule a shot! I think this is a great idea though, as they'd be a great thing to toss in your bag when traveling! I have been meaning to give these a try although I haven't been able to since I've been so busy! I'm particularly pleased with the fact that they're not only two completely different masks with different uses, but they are not your typical "moisturizing" sheet masks that tend to be sent out a lot since they're very common. I'm pretty excited to see how well the wrinkle filler mask works. Wonder if it will hide my fine lines with one use? I'll report back if it does anything miraculous!

Mikatvonk: Auto Eyeliner Pencil in "Black" ($15)
Let me just come out and say it: This pencil is not worth $15. I don't know if that's the price they company charges since I've never heard of them, but the quality of this liner is just not good at all. It's dual-ended, and although both sides are black, one seems to have some flecks of glitter in it. You can see from the swatches that the glitter is barely noticeable (if at all) so both sides of the liner look identical. I found the formula to be incredibly dry and the pencil pulled on my skin when trying to get a swatch. I do this very rarely, but I threw this one right in the trash- just because I really don't think it's good enough to even pass on to someone else. I don't think this is Beauteque's fault necessarily- I am glad to have tried something from a brand I haven't heard of (I believe it's an Australian brand) however I don't intend on purchasing future products from Mikatvonk, that's for sure.

Holika Holika: Pig nose Clear Blackhead Starter ($10)
This Pig Nose line from Holika Holika is actually pretty popular, although the only product I've ever tried is this steam starter. It's a gel-like product that you apply to any area on your face that has blackheads and you massage it in for 3 minutes before rinsing it off. It's supposed to absorb sebum and soften blackheads. Unfortunately I couldn't tell you how well this works because I don't get enough blackheads to see if it's effective. I will happy pass this on to a friend or someone who can use it and report back, though!

Nature Republic: By Flower Vivid Bar Tint ($8)
SPF is a must-have when it comes to lips balms for me. I recently had a very bad experience where I was wearing a PeriPera lip tint and forgot to check if it had SPF. It didn't, and after spending a day outside with the kids at work, I came home and realized my lips were so sunburned that they felt as if they had a layer of dry skin over them. No amount of lip scrub or soothing balms would help it. It's been weeks now and I'm still dealing with what's left of the dryness! I'm happy to say that this balm not only has SPF 15, but also contains jojoba oil and just a hint of color making it protective, moisturizing and pretty on the lips! I chose the pink shade because I love Strawberry scented lip products, but I also really love the natural-looking pink tint to this balm! It looks very bright in the tube but it's much less scary when you're wearing it!

The Face Shop: Eyelash Curler ($7.60)
Yes! This is what I'm talking about- a branded and useful beauty tool! While not all of Beauteque's beauty tools have been busts for me, I find that I much prefer tools like these. I love The Face Shop, and I am especially digging this pretty 24k gold-coated lash curler! I have some seriously straight lashes, so I use a curler without fail every single day. It's a boring one from the drugstore that really isn't good quality though, so I'm really happy to have this pretty one to replace it!

Nature Republic: Bulgarian Rose Essence ($17)
This essence contains Vitamin A and C and is used to restore moisture to the skin. I love a good essence- I use them both morning and evening, however this one smells way too much like Rose for me to use. I have an issue with rose-scented things and this one is just a bit too strong for me. Having said that, I know lots of friends who would love to use this, so it will at least get some good use! I have no idea why companies release so many rose-scented skincare products. Even if someone liked rose I'm not sure why they'd want to slather a heavy rose scent all over their face! Luckily though, the scent of this essence seems to fade quickly after application, so if you can at least tolerate the scent of rose, you shouldn't have a problem using this essence!
Overall Thoughts
The May BB Bag costs $27.95 (with US shipping) and has a total retail value of $75. As always, this is based on the projected retail price of the items. You can find some of these products for lower prices throughout the internet, so I would say that actual value is probably around $55-$60, which still makes the value more than double what you would pay for it. I really enjoyed the curation of the May bag, and I think that while not everything was a home run for me, it would be foolish of me to expect that from a subscription each month. The beauty of a subscription service is that they open up your eyes to new and interesting products and brands, but they also help you find out about things you don't like. I sometimes like that just as much because now I don't have to spend full price on something before I've tried it. Beauteque is fantastic at introducing me to Korean products that I wouldn't normally have picked up in my shopping travels, but I have discovered quite a few favorite products through their BB Bags as well! Overall, this bag features a wide variety of products and a nice balance of skincare and makeup/tools etc. Very pleased with this month!

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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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The 3B Box: Beauty Beyond Borders May 2015 Review and Unboxing

Since Memebox has been basically a ghost town for most of 2015, many of us had to find other outlets to get our Kbeauty fix. If you were anything like me, once you crawled out of the haze of pink boxes you may have realized that your bank account was practically empty and your closets were overflowing with endless kbeauty goodies. Even though I had more product than I could ever use, I still had that desire to get a surprise box of kbeauty without spending $30+ a pop. 3B came at the perfect time, since they don't drown me in products (it only comes once a month) and they're very affordable! I was able to recuperate from my Memebox addiction while still getting my kbeauty on a budget!

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 has become quite popular and there is currently a waitlist to subscribe- so if you're interested I would get on that list asap!
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.

Etude House: Baking Powder BB Deep Cleansing Foam
 This is a generous sample-sized tube of the Etude House BB Deep Cleansing Foam. This is a pretty popular cleanser that is formulated with baking powder and helps deep clean the skin and remove excess oil and impurities. I won't be using this as the pH is 9 and that's incredibly high for my personal tastes. I also feel a bit bummed that we we received a cleanser last month and again this month- not to mention they were both high-pH cleansers which made them unusable for me. I'm sure I can find a good home for this, but I would love to see a low pH cleanser in the future, or maybe just a break from them in general.

TonyMoly: Lovely Eyebrow Pencil
 I have naturally blonde eyebrows, so I go through brow powders and pencils like water. Unfortunately, unless you have incredibly dark/black hair, I can't imagine that a black pencil would work too well for many people brow-wise. Since this is a brow pencil, it applies slightly differently than an eyeliner, so I wouldn't be able to comfortably use this around my eye, either. I left it in the wrapping so I could put it into a future giveaway or possibly give it to someone. I feel like a dark brown would have worked better for a larger amount of subscribers.

Skinfood False Lashes in "Daily 3"
 Interestingly enough, the last time I received lashes from a Korean beauty subscription, it was these exact same ones. I don't hate false lashes like a lot of other people do- in fact I used to wear them literally every single day! I have no idea how I used to have the patience for them, but it's been well over a year since I've regularly worn falsies. They really are a great thing to have on hand when you're going out and want your eyes to have a more dramatic look to them. This pair in particular is actually quite cute for daytime/casual wear. The lashes aren't too long or thick so they can be blended into your own lashes with a pretty natural look. These would definitely be the ones I use if I just want a pinch of drama during the day without overdoing it.

Tonymoly: Tangerine Whitening Hand Cream
Even though I recently received this hand cream in the Beatueque Head to Toe Tonymoly bag, I genuinely couldn't be more happy to see it in my May 3B box. It has such a nice scent and the packaging is just way too cute for words. I have noticed that this lotion really does a great job brightening and evening skin tone on your hands with regular use, which is something I tend to need more in the Spring/Summer when I find my hands are getting red or splotchy due to the sun. This lotion really isn't travel-friendly but it's great to have on your night stand!
Overall Thoughts
I still feel like I have to review 3B objectively and say that if you're not completely overloaded with products like I am, or not super picky about your cleansers etc- they're a truly fantastic subscription for trying kbeauty products before committing to buying a full size. $12 is not a large investment at all, and while not every product I receive works for me personally, I still feel like I'm getting my money's worth as well as a wide variety of popular brands and products. This may not have been my favorite month of 3B, but I still feel like great brands and products were represented, just not for me personally. I would still highly recommend this subscription to anyone who is new to kbeauty and wants to dip their toes in the water, or for anyone who just needs to get their kbeauty fix at a reasonable price!


There is currently 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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Monday, May 25, 2015

Beauteque Head-to-Toe Lip Essentials Bag Review and Coupon Code!

The Beauteque Head-To-Toe bags are some of my favorites to receive each month. While not a subscription, the Head-to-Toe bags are released on the Beauteque website once a month, and each one features a different theme. They are one-time purchases instead of a monthly subscription, and almost always feature customizable products (choosing the shade/scent of a product for example). This month's theme was a bit different from what they normally do, which made me even more excited to get it! The Lip Essentials bag may not be usable from head to toe, however it truly does include every single thing you would need to get your lips into perfect shape from lip skin care to a variety of makeup options- this bag really does have you covered!
 This month's bag was a metallic silver with a black velvet floral overlay. I personally found it to be a bit wintery for a May bag, but I tend to give these away to friends and family anyway or use them to "wrap" small gifts, so I suppose it would be very nice for that!

I'm going to start with the lip care items first and then work my way through all the makeup goodies!

Nature Republic: By Flower Lip Scrub ($8.50)
 While most people tend to get dry lips in the Winter, mine tend to peel and get chapped during the Summer. No matter how much SPF I use on my lips, I feel like they dry out, get irritated by the sun, and just feel less healthy during the warmer months. I have a few lip scrubs in my arsenal and none of the have impressed me or worked as well as I would like them to. I always find them to be lacking in the actual scrub department! This scrub is actually quite nice for exfoliating! I love that this scrub comes in a squeeze tube with an applicator too because it's less of a mess and applies with ease. It has a light, fresh scent and while it is definitely more "scrubby" than some of the other lip exfoliators I have, it doesn't feel rough or harsh when buffing it onto my lips. Do I think it's the most brilliant scrub ever? Not really, but I can honestly say it's better than the few others I have in my collection. It won't take care of serious dry patches or peeling on the lips, but it will buff away the surface layer of dead skin and keep your lips looking fresh!

Etude House: Cherry Lip Gel Patch ($4.50)
 After you've exfoliated those lips, you're going to need to pamper them like you do the rest of your skin! Using one of these gel lip patches is a great way to hydrate, sooth and restore moisture to the lips. I actually cannot stand using these because they never seem to stick to the contours of my mouth, and this one was no exception. For some reason they always end up peeling up or falling off. Having said that, after using this particular patch I felt my lips were noticeably softer and more moisturized. I'm willing to put up with them being a bit of a pain to wear if they work well- and this one did!

Etude House: Soft Touch Auto Lip Liner ($6)
Now that I've exfoliated and hydrated my lips, it's time to apply the makeup! Lip liner is not something everyone uses, however I personally cannot be without it! I love how long my lipstick lasts when I apply a liner first. I think too many people actually line their lips and that's it, making for a very strange-looking finish, but it's great to line the lips and then fill them in entirely with a lip pencil before applying lipstick. I chose a dusty rose shade because it's light enough where it would look nice on it's own with a bit of balm on top, but it would also work with a variety of different lip shades. I have used these particular liners before and I really enjoy them!

Etude House: Dear My Blooming Lips Talk Shine ($13)
After lip liner, or course comes the lipstick. While this was one of the products you could choose the shade of, I think I made a terrible error in judgement when I picked this one. For some reason, the shade looked much more muted and crossed between a pink and a red on the Etude House website. Here it looks like a neon pink. I cannot imagine this ever looking flattering on my no matter how I wear it, so I'm going to pass it on to someone who might be able to pull of fun lip colors better than I can! I do love the packaging of these Etude House lipsticks- they're so feminine and look so adorable on a vanity!

Lip Brush ($5.50)
A great way to apply an intense lip color (like red or the neon pink shown above!) is to use a lip brush. I don't always have time to use these as they take a bit of time to apply an even coat of color, but applying a bold lipstick straight from the tube can prove to be difficult. Using a lip brush to at least apply color around the perimeter of the lips helps get a really perfect application. This lip brush is actually quite fun! It has a cap that you remove and stick onto the end, which makes the brush pop out! To close it, simply take the cap off the bottom and the brush will slide back in again. The brush itself is drugstore quality. It's nice, doesn't shed much, although I do wish it was a bit more dense. I'll still get a lot of use out of this though since it's so travel friendly!

Holika Holika: Holy Berry Tint ($11)
If you don't have time to put on a fancy lipstick but still want to look put-together, a lip tint is a great option. Lip tints are super popular in Korea because of the gradated lip look where the tint is applied on the inner parts of the mouth and blended out, however whenever I try this look on myself I end up looking like I have chapped lips. Not to mention, whenever I do manage to pull it off, someone ends up telling me that my lipstick is wearing off or that I put it on unevenly etc. It's not a very popular look here in the US, yet. Having said that, lip tints are still excellent to literally tint your lips to a brighter shade and have it last throughout the day. Even deep tints like this one from Holika Holika come out much lighter on the lips and can be deepened depending on how much you apply. I love having a tint on hand for those days where I'll be busy and don't want to constantly re-apply a lip color.

Aritaum: Baby Lips Balm in "Hyaluronic Acid" ($11.50)
It's absolutely necessary for me to have a really great lip balm to apply at the end of the day. While I tend to wear a heavier, goopier lip product to bed to restore and protect my lips while I sleep, I like to have a balm on my side table so I can apply it throughout the night. I work at a school and since the weather is warmer lately, we've been outside for hours at a time, which can wreak havoc on my lips. This Hyaluronic Acid lip balm feels a lot like my favorite Nivea lip balms, and really does a fantastic job re-hydrating my tired, irritated lips. It feels super smooth and I don't need to reapply it as often as some of the other balms I have. Plus hyaluronic acid is amazing at drawing moisture to the skin, so my lips feel extra soft and smooth.
Overall Thoughts
The Head-to-Toe Lip Essentials Bag costs $26, and has a total retail value of $60.
While I'm normally not interested in makeup-heavy subscriptions or curated bags etc, I think this one is a home run for me. It's reasonably priced, and I love that it's a complete lip care collection all the way from a scrub, to skincare, to lip color and a lip-related beauty tool! This is really a must-have for kbeauty lovers, but especially for lip product fanatics!

If you're interested in picking up the Lip Essentials bag, you can do so HERE.
Beauteque ships to many countries, so even if you're not in the US you can grab one of these for yourself!

COUPON!
You can also save 10% off your Lip Essentials Bag with the coupon code:  RACHEL-HEAD2TOELIP

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Mask Genie: 10 Days in the Wild Limited Edition Bag Review

 My addiction to sheet masks is definitely not a secret. If I had my way, I'd have hundreds of them on hand at all times, however I try to keep my obsession under control and tend to keep 50-75 masks "in stock" at a time and only buy more when I get down to 20 or less. I know there are ladies that have way more than I do, and I'm sure there are also those of you who think I'm totally insane for having that many! The thing is, sheet masks come in so many styles and types and there's a wide variety of uses and treatments for specific skin concerns. Whether your skin is feeing a bit dry, irritated, or if you have a break out- there's a sheet mask to help with your problem! 

Along with the wide variety of sheet masks, there are also sheet masks subscription services! There are so many masks out there that it can genuinely be overwhelming for anyone to shop for them. I tend to just buy the cheapest ones I can find with an occasional splurge on some higher end ones. Because of that, I love sheet mask subscriptions like Mask Genie! They give me the ability to try new masks that I never would have seen or purchased, and really help me find new brands and styles of masks to add to my regular rotation.

Mask Genie is a great service because it's run by a fellow beauty blogger, and she tests all the masks on herself before adding them to the Mask Genie bags. Mask Genie offers a 10 mask pouch for $22 or a 5 mask pouch for $12. That includes shipping by the way, AND Mask genie ships worldwide- so no one has to miss out on the awesomeness!
Mask Genie also releases Limited Edition Mask bags, and the one I'll be reviewing to day is the Limited Edition bag, "10 Days in the Wild." The Limited Edition bags have different pricing, and this one in particular cost $34.

This mask bag is super fun because it features a type of mask that has become really popular lately: Animal-print masks! As if sheet masks weren't silly-looking enough, there are now wide varieties of masks that have animal faces printed on them- and boy are they cute/hilarious/creepy all at the same time! I'm kind of obsessed with them because they make me crack up whenever I try a new one!
Penguin Luxury Soo Anti-Wrinkle Eye Mask
While the majority of this bag contains facial sheet masks, this fun eye mask was also included! I have a thing for eye masks and eye gels in particular because I'm starting to see signs of aging around my eyes that I want to keep at bay for as long as possible! This mask is made to help reduce signs of aging as well as the appearance of dark circles while repairing damaged skin. I like the idea of this mask since it goes around the entire eye rather than just under it like a typical eye gel. I haven't tried this one out yet, but I'm excited to see how it works. I feel like I'm going to look like Batman when I wear this one!
Fox Royal Skin The Animalian Mask 
Sheep Royal Skin The Animalian Mask 
The first animal masks of the bunch are a fox and a sheep! How cute yet also sort of creepy! I've never been so conflicted about a product before I saw these animal masks! I think they're so fun and whimsical, but you have to admit they're a little weird looking too! The Fox mask contains hyaluronic acid and collagen, which nourishes and moisturizes the skin. The Sheep mask has the same ingredients from what I've seen, so I'm assuming the only difference in the two masks are the animal that is printed on them. 
 Cat Berrisom Collagen Mask
 Monkey Berrisom Snail Mask 
Raccoon Berrisom Placenta + Adenosine Mask
Next up on our safari of animal sheet masks: Monkey, Raccoon and Cat! Each one of these Berrisom masks have different purposes- I recently used the Monkey mask which is your standard snail mucin sheet mask ingredients-wise. I use snail masks frequently because I feel like snail mucin is a great skincare product that solves a variety of my issues in one go. The raccoon mask is a whitening, anti-wrinkle, moisturizing mask while the cat is a anti-wrinkle, plumping collagen mask. I'm not really a fan of collagen products as there is no proof they actually work on the skin, but I'm going to use this one anyway. Because cat mask. 

Oh what's that? you want to see my goofy face in the Monkey mask? 
You asked...
Yep. It even has ears. I can't tell if I think these are cute/goofy or just super weird and creepy! Regardless of the conflicting feels, This mask actually fit my face quite well, although I wish that it was just slightly wider as it didn't reach back to my ears on either side of my face. Having said that, the fit is better than most of the lower-end masks I've tried.
SNP Animal Tiger Wrinkle Mask
This mask is used to bring back elasticity and firmness to the skin while also brightening and rejuvenating. It uses fruit and herb extracts to provide moisture to the skin.
SNP Animal Otter Aqua Mask
This is a hydrating mask that that helps protect the skin against environmental stresses, UV rays and pollution.
SNP Animal Panda Whitening Mask
This is a whitening mask, which also helps to brighten and even out skin tone and balancing hydration levels.
SNP Animal Dragon Soothing Mask 
This is acne control mask that is used to soothe troubled skin by reducing oil production and balancing moisture levels in the skin. It also reduces acne and calms redness.
Overall Thoughts
Wow- what a wide variety of animal sheet masks! Not only is each mask unique animal-wise, but there is such a large variety of types: anti-aging, acne control, brightening, firming, moisturizing...even an eye mask is included! This particular Limited Edition bag cost $34 (a little over $3 per mask), and while I don't think that these 10 masks all together retail at much higher than that, I don't think I would normally come across many of these during my internet shopping travels. I really appreciate the thought and curation that went into this bag, and I think it's one of the most fun sheet mask bags I've ever received! Definitely worth the money if you want to try some new and unique sheet masks and have some fun with them as well. :)

If you're interested in learning more about Mask Genie, you can visit the website HERE.

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All thoughts and opinions in this blog post are genuine and belong to Harlot Beauty. No monetary compensation was received, although goods have been provided and accepted for purpose of review. Post does not contain affiliate or referral links.