Friday, January 22, 2016

Beauteque Monthly BB Bag January 2016 Review

Alright here's the deal guys: I know I've been slacking big time on my reviews this month. There's a good reason though. Essentially, my life was totally flipped upside down and almost every single thing about it has changed in less than a week. I've been trying to pull it together and get my final papers done for school and try and keep up with blogging but it just got really overwhelming. So here I am, almost the end of the month and still trying to scramble to get reviews completed. Forgive me! So anyway, let's get on with the kbeauty goodness that is Beauteque's BB Bag!

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!

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 WILL I RECEIVE?
-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

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 January Bag!
Beauteque includes a helpful info card with basic stats on the product as well as how to use it properly. I really like subscriptions that include this information as well as a photo because it helps subscribers who are unfamiliar (especially with kbeauty) figure out what each item is and what it's used for!

Scinic: All Day Fine Pore Toner ($22)
Toner is that Korean skincare product that I can never get enough of. I'm always finding reasons to buy new ones or try ones that promise me tiny pores and an acne-free face. Some work, some don't, but I've rarely encountered one I absolutely hated- which is probably why I'm so addicted to them. Scinic is a brand I'm slowly becoming familiar with through Beauteque, and I'm actually really pleased with everything I've tried from them so far! This is their pore toner that includes green tea, ivy, grapefruit, and aloe among other extracts. It helps control oil and absorbs into the skin without a greasy finish. Since I have combo/oily skin, this is the perfect type of toner for me. I'm excited to research it a bit more and see ingredients and what other people think of it as well, but yay- more toner!!

Tonymoly: Pocket Bunny Mist ($15)
I like Tonymoly. I like cute things. I like bunnies. What's not to love about this mist? Beauteque offered either the Sleek mist or the Moist mist. Luckily, I received the Sleek mist, which helps control oil throughout the day. Obviously, the moist mist soothes and moisturizes the skin. I'm not one to uses mists that often, but I do find their nice to use at the end of a long work day, or first thing in the morning after I take off my sleeping pack so I can keep the moisture going. This seems like one that will be in the "use after work" category, but I might just pop this in my purse so I can use it throughout the day and see how well it controls oil.

Ladykin: Affinitic Snail Cream Mini's ($4 each)
I have been a huge fan of Ladykin since I was first introduced to the brand through Memebox. I haven't disliked a single product I've tried from them. Even though these adorable snail babies have been something on my radar for awhile now, I've never actually bought them myself! The blue snail is a whitening moisturizer, which essentially contains pine needle and green tea extract and helps to even the skin tone and moisturize without greasiness. The pink snail is a regular moisturizing cream that has 80% snail secretion filtrate and shea butter to help moisturize and smooth the skin while also having anti-aging benefits. For some reason, cute jars like this tend to sit on my vanity without being used and somehow dry out really quickly, but I'm hoping I can be diligent and give these a shot due to how much I love this brand! I'm super happy subscribers got both of these to try!

Nature Republic: Lip Scrub ($8.99)
I actually received this product from Beauteque in a past (now retired) Head-To-Toe bag, and I have mixed feelings on it, honestly. This is an exfoliating lip scrub that smooths and soothes lips and is to be used before bed, or before applying lipsticks etc. What I love about this scrub is that it is applied like a lip gloss- so you're not digging your fingers in a jar like with many other scrubs. It does work- it's just not one of those really dense scrubs that will buff off tons of dry skin. I find it works best as a maintenance product, so once you get your lips nice and smooth, this works well to keep them that way with sporadic use.

"Eye Brow Clip" ($4.50)
I honestly don't understand why this is called an eyebrow clip- not only one the box but on the info card. Is this not a pair of tweezers? Am I crazy? Who knows. Either way, I can always, always use another pair of tweezers considering how often I use them for stray hairs all over my body. It's not the most exciting tool in the world, though it is useful. I do wish it was pink or covered in cat paw prints or something a little cuter, but hey- you can't have everything! 

A'Pieu: Color Longwear Shadow Stick ($11.50)
This is a long-wearing, smudge-proof and waterproof cream shadow stick- unfortunately I have yet to meet one that actually stays on my lid as long as it claims to. I have very oily lids, and no waterproof cream shadow has ever lasted on my lid for longer than a couple of hours. Not to mention, I'm not a huge fan of wearing pink on my lids, so I didn't bother to open this as I'll probably give it away. I am interested to hear from anyone if this product lives up to it's claims, though!

Overall Thoughts
Beauteque Monthly costs $24 (plus shipping) and this bag as a Beauteque Value of about $70. The values are listed at, or slightly above retail, and you can usually find these products for a bit less than that if you shop around. Having said that, shipping from Korea can get pricey, which is why Beauteque being based in the US makes this subscription such a great deal. Even buying these at lower prices and not factoring in the high shipping costs of other sites, I'd say that the retail for this bag is closer to around $50. I'm usually very pleased with the BB Bags, and this month was no exception. I absolutely love that this was heavy on the skincare, that there was a full size toner, and lots of "cute" products included as well! All the things I look for in a Korean beauty sub!

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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4 comments:

  1. you are so lucky to have gotten the sleek version of the bunny -- I got the moist, which I already own. le sigh. I also got a pink eyeshadow. This is my last month for now with beauteque as I have so much product -- they give out full sizes, which is great, but I don't really need this much!

    Fantastic review!

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  2. I love those little snails!!! I miss getting my Beauteque bags because this was a great mix of goodies but I have to get through some of my stash first!

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  3. This is actually a pretty decent bag! I like the mix of products. And have to agree with you, those are definitely tweezers! I wonder if they threw those in last minute to fulfill their lifestyle product, seems a bit random and not very AB.

    Hope that life gets a bit less hectic for you soon too!

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  4. i wish i could afford this i love all the cute stuff u got and i know this is deff something i would love but i dont want to get rid of my boxycharm cuz i love that to but cant have them both errr the struggle is real

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