3B Beauty is currently the only beauty subscription, I'm enrolled in. I started it last August when I came off their waiting list and this will be my 6th shipment.
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.
3W Clinic Collagen Whitening Essence
This essence contains marine collagen, Japanese apricot extract and licorice extract to freshen and soften uneven and rough skin. It also has niacinamide, a brightening ingredient that helps to reduce the appearance of scars and blemishes.
Asian brightening products tend to use the word whitening when they mean brightening and I'm all for them because I seem to be on a constant quest for a more radiant and luminous complexion. Niacinamide is an ingredient that is in a number of products I already use. I find it effective and it also agrees with my skin. This is a full size product and that I look forward to trying after finishing my latest bottle of Dr. Brandt Skincare Laser FX Bright Serum which happens to be amazing by the way. I also previously reviewed it here.
This is a sherbet cleanser that's formulated to thoroughly remove face makeup without irritating skin. It contains fermented rice bran which brightens skin while removing impurities. It effectively melts down makeup, even waterproof ones, while promoting a better skin texture by providing balanced hydration coming from its premium natural ingredients.
This product is essentially a cleansing balm and is meant to be used in the first step of a double cleansing process. I think this very similar to the Banila Clean It Zero which is part of my current routine. The Banila product emulsifies when massaged onto the face and effectively dissolves makeup even waterproof mascara without drying out my skin. Ive heard good things about this Botanic Farm product so I was happy to see this.
CosRx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
Snail mucin is scientifically and dermatologically proven to be highly effective and beneficial when it comes to skin cell regeneration and repair. This popular Korean essence contains 96% of snail secretion filtrate blended with other nourishing herbal extracts. It works on a cellular level to address acne, sun damage and scars and repairs the skin from within giving it moisture and nourishment.
I actually started using this product recently and it lives up to all it's claims. First of all it's not slimy, it feels like a gel and no snails are harmed in the extraction of the snail mucin. This essence is unscented and is really good for hydration and smoothness and I feel like it has improved the overall condition of my skin since I started using it. I can't say I was that impressed to get foil samples of a product that has been around and is also fairly accessible. I might include these in a new Asian beauty giveaway I'm planning. This product can be found at Amazon and Memebox.
Missha Speedy Solution Eye Gel Patch
This total care gel patch hydrates and nourishes the eye area with firming and brightening effects. It can also fade away dark circles and restore elasticity.
I've tried these before and these are similar in concept to the eye masks I reviewed last week. The difference is that you only leave these on for 20 - 30 minutes. These do have a cooling effect and moisturize but they do nothing for dark circles in my experience. This was another product that I was less than enthused about since I've used it before and it's accessible. These are very affordable at $2.50/pack and you can find them at Missha.
Petitfee Dry Essence Foot Pack
This is a mask that is supposed to give you amazingly soft feet. They're essentially booties made of a non-woven material that is enriched with a dry processed foot cream with shea butter, sunflower oil, aloe vera and sodium hyaluronate. You put them on for 15 - 20 minutes and the moisture will be infused onto your feet.
I've never used any type of foot mask before so this product was actually exciting to me. They really need to work on the English on the packaging though. "thinned foot for bright and soft" doesn't make sense at all.
The Verdict: I had mixed feelings about this month's products. While I really like the skincare focus, it's kind of hard to get excited about things that have been around which you've already used but at least one of them is something that I really like. I don't know if I'm just expecting too much or maybe this isn't the right subscription for me since I'm not new to Asian beauty products. The company recently sent out a survey which I answered with some of what I'd like to see.
Have you heard of any of these products? Which one would you be interested in trying?