Thursday, February 25, 2016

Beauteque Monthly BB Bag February 2016 Review and Unboxing

Wow, wow, woooow guys it's been awhile! I've got boatloads of reviews just waiting to be written in my drafts folder, I've got two new classes in school (cultural anthropology and sociology) that have been bogging me down with endless and overwhelming amounts of work, and I've got a really handsome boyfriend who accidentally seems to take up a lot of my spare time. On top of all that I'm still attempting to learn Korean- which you'd think having a Korean boyfriend who actually was born and lived in Korea would be helpful, but nope! He's a brat and doesn't speak Korean in front of me unless we're talking about food. I'm still trying to convince him to not be embarrassed about speaking Korean in front of me! Baby steps, I guess! 

But with all the new and wild stuff going on in my life, I'm still getting subscription boxes and they still need to be blogged about! It's awful when I feel like I don't have the time to blog, because the reason I started this blog had a lot to do with not having many people to talk to about my beauty product obsessions. That still holds true in my life, so it's always hard to not make an update in awhile where I get to talk about all the beauty bits and baubles that I get during the month! I'm hoping with time I'll get a better handle on my new life and schedule and the posts will start coming more regularly again. I hope you guys understand and stick around! 

Now that I've got that out of the way, let's talk about the Beauteque BB Bag for February, shall we? Beauteque is one of the online kbeauty stores that is based in the US, and also one that I have a had a very long-standing relationship with. So much so that I remember when they first launched their site! They've come a long way, and their subscription has (while having it's ups and downs) has been one that I've enjoyed for quite some time now!
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 February Bag!
Exfoliating Brush ($25)
So anyone that has been subscribed to the BB Bags for awhile may have already received one of these in a very early bag. I happen to be one of those people, however I did enjoy it while it lasted so I'm fine with receiving this again. These brushes, while called "exfoliating" are actually incredibly soft and gentle on the skin. They do a really fantastic job clearing out pores and cleansing without being too stimulating or rough. My only major issue with these brushes is that they are hard to clean and dry.

Skinfood: Avocado Lip Balm ($9.99)
Subscribers could have received this particular lip balm, or the Skinfood Rose Essence lip balm. Since I have a major aversion to rose-scented items, I'm very pleased to have received the avocado one! This is a deeply hydrating balm that also naturally exfoliates dry skin. It doesn't have much of a scent or flavor at all, although there is a mild scent that I'm assuming is supposed to be avocado? I'm not a huge fan of potted lip balms because I hate sticking my finger in them to apply, however this one is actually quite nice so I think I might make an exception for it and use it when I wake up in the morning and my lips are feeling parched.

Scinic: Honey Banana Cleansing Foam ($12.99)
Scinic is a brand that Beauteque introduced me to through their subscriptions, and I have to say I've enjoyed everything I've tried from them so far. This cleanser is hydrates and smooths skin with nourishing banana and honey extracts. I'll admit that I haven't even cracked this open yet because I tend to be iffy with cleansers. If this has a decent pH (anyone test it out yet?) I might keep it and give it a try. If it smells like bananas and honey, then I'll definitely hold onto it. Even if the pH is a bit too high for me personally, I know my mother would love to use this!

Lador: Sleeping Clinic Ampoule ($4)
What I really love to see in subscription boxes is something I don't already have a zillion of. Of course I love toners, cleansers and the like, but it's very rare that I receive something I don't already have 10 backups of.This Lador Sleeping Pack is not for your face, but for your hair! Coolness! It offers intensive care that repairs damaged tresses by conditioning them as you sleep. You simply apply to shampooed hair evently before bed. It doesn't need to be rinsed. I'm not sure if the hair needs to be wet to use this, though I'm assuming not as it also suggests it be used during the day if desired. I might give this a whirl soon because all the heat styling I've been doing lately has really fried my hair!

Anskin Remodeling Powder Mask ($19)
Anskin Ultimate Solution Modeling Activator ($5)
I know modeling masks have been popular for awhile now, but I cannot for the life of me figure out why. I barely have time to use a sheet mask, never mind mixing and applying one of these! I do have a few though that I have been telling myself I need to try out, so maybe I should carve out more time on the weekend to do some pampering modeling mask treatments! This is actually two products that are used together, so I'm talking about both of them at the same time. The Powder mask itself is the "purifying and revitalizing" variety. Essentially, you mix some of the powder mask along with the "activator" which is in the black package. It enhances the benefits of the mask according to Beauteque. It's made with sea water that is loaded with enriching minerals. This is just an added bonus product though, as you really can use simple water to mix these modeling masks. Just be sure to only add a very small amount of water at a time until you get the right consistency!
Overall Thoughts
Beauteque Monthly costs $24 (plus shipping) and this bag as a Beauteque Value of about $76.Granted that is with a $25 value on the exfoliating brush, which I think is a tad bit inflated. Having said that, I'm a little up in the air about this particular bag this month. I already enjoy the lip balm and I'm excited to try the hair sleeping pack, but the rest of the products were kind of mediocre for me. It's hard to please me with cleansers, and the brush wasn't too exciting as I had already received one in the past from Beauteque. Since they usually include 6 products, I was a little disappointed to find out that the "activator solution" that can only be used with the modeling pack was included as it's own item. I feel like it should have been included along with the powder modeling mask as "one" item. Even with the minor complaints though, I think Beauteque does a great job including popular and up-and-coming brands to their bags each month. Including a useful beauty tool is also pretty nice as long as it's high quality. Sometimes I feel like I've "seen it all" when it comes to kbeauty, however I still think this is a fantastic subscription for anyone just getting into it and wanting to expand their skincare stash a bit more with fun and interesting products!

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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6 comments:

  1. I'd love to here you're results on the ph of the cleanser. I've been eyeing it for quite some time but I can't for the life of me find the ph online and I'd hate to buy and find out the ph is outrageously high. I'd be really grateful for the info, thanks! :)

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    1. Hi Nora!

      I just did a quick test with a ph strip on this cleanser and without it being diluted, the ph looks to be around 10...which is...wow. Really, really high. o_o Way too high for my tastes, at least! Hope it helps you make a decision, though! :)

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    3. Thanks so much for getting back to me:) But yikes that ph is high! This sadly will not be getting anywhere near my face. Sigh.

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  2. Glad you're back! We've missed you!

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    1. Awww thank you!! I'm going to try to get updates done as often as possible although school always comes first! I always hate not being able to post as frequently as I did before, but all of my subscriptions will be reviewed every month no matter what! Also, I have quite a few solo product reviews coming up that I'm really excited about! :)

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