I had been debating whether I should continue my 3B Beauty Box subscription and I've decided I'm going to stick with it for the time being since they've stepped it both with their curations and service in the past few months. The box is more securely packaged and has been landing in my mailbox in a more timely fashion which is appreciated. This is my August 2016 box. The information card that is always included now has a pretty design on the flip side which is a nice touch. Be your own kind of beautiful is such a wonderful and inspiring mantra!
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 and the products are supposed to be "new or popular in Asia but hard to get your hands on". I would say that 3B is like an Asian beauty version of Birchbox or Ipsy. 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. It looks like there ins't a waiting list anymore and you can just sign up for a 3B Box subscription now.
Etude House Age Defense Essential Softener
Softeners are formulated to prime, rehydrate and enhance the effectiveness of moisturizers. This softener from Etude House works to smooth and firm skin by delivering moisture into the deep levels of the skin that emulsions and creams may not get to. It should be used after washing and toning for best results.
I've never used a skin softener before and this product essentially sounds like it's a moisture booster which I probably don't need know but it will come in handy when the cold dry winter air reappears. I popped it into my refrigerator for when that time comes.
In the Asian beauty-verse, emulsions are a light non-sticky lotion type moisturizer that works with the skin's natural oils to promote hydration. This Floria Nutra-Energy Emulsion with hyaluronic acid, argan oil and safflower extracts is a dry skin favorite for the way it balances moisture levels and firms.
Emulsions are a really fantastic alternative to heavy creams during the summer months and I often switch out my day cream for them. This is a product I will be trying soon while I can still do light moisturizers. I've also layered emulsions under my creams when my skin needs an extra dose of moisture.
The gentle moisturizing cleansing tissue contains naturally fermented lotus flower moisture particles to effectively cleanse the face without the use of water. These wipes can be used as a non irritating makeup remover to prep the skin for cleansing.
I was excited to see a Goodal product. It's a brand that features natural fermented ingredients and I'm currently using a few of their products that I really like. I don't usually use cleansing cloths unless I'm traveling as part of a triple wash process but I do like to always have a package or two handy in my home emergency kit because you never know when you might lose power or water.
This revolutionary sheet mask made out of advanced coconut hydrogel technology, helps to purify and neutralize the effects of pollution on your skin. Acai berry, from the Amazonian rainforest in Brazil, is an antioxidant powerhouse that will purify and neutralize the effects of pollution on the skin. Vitamin C, B, and E help protect, fortify and rejuvenate skin. This mask is dermatologist tested and is suitable for all skin types including sensitive.
I've actually tried a number of Leaders sheet masks but have yet to try their 7 Wonders line. The anti-pollution claims sound intriguing and I look forward to trying this mask. The retail price is $6.00 and it can be purchased from Ulta.
An intensive hydrating gel serum that awakens skin with fresh moisture, replenishes fatigued skin, strengthens its barrier and preserves absorbed moisture so that your face feels hydrated all day long. This product is formulated with pinitol, an ingredient found in carob trees which allows it to maintain moisture and survive in barren deserts for more than 25 years.
Sample packs are usually meh to me unless they happen to be luxury skincare which this serum is. Hera is a well known Korean brand under the AmorePacific umbrella and I'm in love with the Hera V Mist Cushion Ultra Moisture. I have yet to try their skincare so this presents a great opportunity and I'm glad it's a serum because they're the most interchangeable step in my skincare routine.
I feel like beauty subscription services should be about discovery and this month's 3B Box fulfilled that criteria since it contained a range pf products that are new to me which hasn't always been the case. I feel like 3B has been making a real effort with their past few boxes. Keep up the good work 3B Beauty!
What do you think of these products? Is there one you'd be interested to try?
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