This is my fourth 3B Beauty Box and I'm happy that it arrived in a timely fashion this month considering I received my October box on the last day of October which is not cool especially considering I had been charged for it in the first week of the month.
3B which stands for Beauty Beyond Borders is a beauty subscription box that makes Asian beauty products more accessible overseas. This is a monthly service that costs $12. Each box contains 4 -5 deluxe samples from a range of brands. 3B is currently just a US based subscription service. This box is ideal for anyone interested in trying out Asian beauty products or can't access them easily. They have a waiting list for new subscribers which you can sign up for here.
Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream
Hada Labo Tokyo is Japan's no. 1 skincare line and this gel cream is formulated with Super Hyaluronic Acid (a proprietary combination of 3 types of Hyaluronic Acid) that provides a deeper multi-layer hydration for smoother, younger looking skin. This luxuriously silky cream that is free of parabens, fragrances, dyes and mineral oil, combines the perfecting power of a serum with the intense hydration of a moisturizer. It has been clinically shown to hydrate skin for up to 24 hours with just one application.
I have no shortage of moisturizer samples but I'm excited about the high level moisturizing this gel cream promises especially as my skin gets drier when winter arrives. I actually plan on taking this with me on my upcoming vacation.
Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream is a product that can currently be purchased at Ulta, Target, Walgreens and Amazon.
RA & Gowoori Whitening UV Sun Cream
This is a physical sunscreen that uses titanium dioxide to block UVA and UVB rays. This is supposed to be a lightweight and non-sticky cream that works well alone or as a makeup base. It has an SPF of 50 and a PA+++ rating. PA is an Asin rating system which refers to the amount of protection the sunscreen provides specifically against UVA rays. PA rankings are listed as PA+, PA++ or PA+++. The more plus symbols means the more protection the sunscreen provides against UVA rays so this sunscreen has the highest. UVA rays are the ones that cause tanning and aging by the way. It also has whitening properties via arbutin. This is a full size product.
I've mentioned before that I wear sunscreen all year around and I tend to prefer physical over chemical so I look forward to trying this one out. The whitening factor is also something I'm excited about but let's hope that doesn't mean it will leave a whitish looking cast on my face.
Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence
This product is essentially a more affordable dupe of SK-II's Facial Treatment Essence. Like it's celebrated and expensive counterpart, this essence is powered by galactomyces fermented yeast extract, 90% to be exact. This ingredient calms troubled skin while restoring natural elasticity and hydration to the skin. Did you know that the SK in SK-II actually stands for secret key and refers to Pitera, their name for the galactomyces fermented filtrate extracted from sake yeast that is their key ingredient.
I've used the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence and I loved it, the price, not so much. It adds a nice boost of moisture and glow to my skin. This is actually a product I've been wanting to try since I'm working my way through all the SK-II dupes. I'm currently using the CosRx Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence and I've also tried the Missha First Treatment Essence. I'll be taking this one on vacation with me as well.
Etude House Real Art Cleansing Oil Moisture
This product is formulated with coconut and argan oil to gently remove waterproof face and eye makeup while protecting and moisturizing the skin. Like most cleansing oils, this is meant to be used as a first step in double cleansing and works best when followed up with another cleanser. For more on double cleansing, please refer to this post I wrote about the process.
If this lives up to it's claims and can remove even my mascara, I will be impressed. I'm pretty big on using cleansing oils and balms for removing all my makeup. I almost finished with my Laneige Fresh Brightening Cleansing Oil so I'll give this a try next.
A'Pieu NonCo Tea Tree Spot Patch
This spot patch treatment contains tea tree oil and herbal extracts to help clear blemishes and prevent future breakouts. There are 12 patches contained in this packet.
I love these types of spot patches. They're easy to use and work well. Just pop one on over a breakout before bed and it will draw the gunk out overnight with no mess, no fuss. They're especially effective on small blemishes and help eliminate redness and swelling. I tend to alternate between using the CosRx Acne Pimple Master Patch and Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers.
The Verdict: This box was a winner for me since I tend to be more into skincare products than makeup. There was a good mix of products and brands that I know of and are also new to me. And these are items that I will actually use which makes the $12 cost well spent. With the two full size products, I think the value is probably around double. My satisfaction with this box means I will continue sticking with it for now. I honestly considered cancelling after the extreme tardiness last month. I probably wouldn't have been as unsatisfied if they hadn't billed me during the first week and didn't ship my box until the the 3rd week of the month. And then the shipment got held up because as it turns out, it was received unsealed and in the short paid section of the post office and was delayed there for another week. The way they pack and seal their boxes has always been flimsy so I can't say I'm surprised and I'm willing to bet this has also happened with other subscribers' boxes. I did let the company know about this and I hope they will improve on that in the future but I did want to mention this for anyone who is interested in subscribing.
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