3B Beauty Box January Unboxing

3B Box, 3B Unboxing, 3B Review

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.

Botanic Farms Grain Ferment Cleansing Sherbet
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?


Anonymous said...

All these products sound interesting but the most intriguing one for me is the essence foot pack as there are not as many foot products out there.

Doctor Anne said...

I would enjoy all the products, but I am fairly new to Asian skincare, so everything gets me excited quickly, I guess. So far I have only been testing sheet masks I got when I was in Singapore, and I have to admit I have a snail cream sample here that I didn't dare to open quite yet.

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Lilli said...

I get why you have been not much excited about them as already known but still are great products which Id love to try too. The sherbet cleansing, in particular, caught my eye. My skin is so sensitive recently, would enjoy it. Kisses Rowena! xo

Only Yesterday Blog said...

Amazing products and im excited about that foot mask because i love foot mask and face mask <3


The Dainty Dolls House said...

Marvellous products, I could definitely use that foot pack just now, haha!! Happy day to you lovely xx

Jackie Harrison said...

My feet take a beating by wearing heels and running sometimes in them. The Foot Essence product sound like something I need and cool to get it in the box to try will like to see a review about it thanks Rowena.

Anonymous said...

Whitening, brightening, potato, potato ;-) Definitely interested in that essence.

Stanislava E. said...

I have never used a foot mask either, but it sounds really interesting and I'd love to give it a try. Haha, it's really funny that thinned foot... :) It's interesting that Asian products use whitening instead of brightening indeed. I can imagine how do you feel when you are familiar with Asian beauty products, so yes, higher expectations is something absolutely normal. Have a nice day, Rowena!

Emmylou said...

I must admit I'm kinda interested with that snail mucin. I've never really tried a lot of Asian skin care products although they are available here...sigh....

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Paola Lauretano said...

This beauty box is really interesting, great products!!!
Kisses, Paola.


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Elle Sees said...

i loved seeing what yougot in these, even if you had mixed feelings.

Kelsey&Kenecha said...

Wow great items :)


Shireen L. Platt said...

Honestly never heard any of these products but this box is not as exciting as the previous boxes that I've seen here. I don't blame you for being a tad disappointed and hopefully next month's box will be better.

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Unknown said...

Oh you got some great things :)



I have heard a lot about snail mucin, but have not used this and these brands sound very interesting. I would like to try the Grain Ferment Cleansing Sherbert. Thanks for sharing this beauty service with us.
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Beauty Unearthly said...

Fabulous review. Loved your detailed post.

K / House of KTS said...

When I saw that collagen brightening product I got so excited lol. I agree with you, I love any product that can illuminate and bring out the radiance in my skin. Love the new product introduction.

Kia / KTS

A Very Sweet Blog said...

Rowena, I'm an Asian beauty product novice. So this would probably be perfect for me. It seems like it is more beginner for you. That's the way I feel about other subscription boxes. Which is why I always just buy what I'm interested in myself. HaHaHa I say give it a couple of more tries and if you keep getting things you've already tested, cut it loose. Just glad a couple of things worked for you :D

Natalia | Look-A-Porter said...

I am loving the whole lot, but particularly curious about the snail gel (heard a lot about it in the past) and the cleanser (because I like fermented things :) )
Thank you for a great round-up, Rowena! x

Lenya said...

The CosRx snail thingy sounds pretty promising to me. I haven't heard of any of these products, tho. Sorry that you are a bit disappointed with the stuff. Let's hope next month will get you a better box.

Valerie said...

I've never heard of these products, but I would love to try them especially the cleansing sherbet...sounds wonderful!


Ileana said...

SO many awesome goodies! I would love to try the foot pack :)


ALLIE NYC said...

Wow that is a pretty decent box. And snail secretion wow, that better work!


Midnight Cowgirl said...

This looks like an awesome subscription, but I can see why it wouldn't be exciting if you are already familiar with the products.

Miharu Julie said...

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Unknown said...

I'm intrigued by so many of these products! The foot mask sounds great.

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Ivana Split said...

I think I have heard about BBB that is Beauty Beyond Borders and its concept of making Asian skin care more accessible. Moreover, it is possible perhaps even probable that I have read about it on your blog. I do like this concept...it is great that in today's world so many products are accessible...and even shipping doesn't take long as it used to.

That snail product essence sounds really interesting. Lovely products and reviews...I see why you are not entirely happy and perhaps it is really not the best subscription for you since you're already familiar with most of these products, but at least you were happy with the skin care products they send.

btw that foot mask sounds great! Yes, sometimes the explanation in English doesn't make any sense, I often laught at descriptions I read at packaging of toys for kids. ( I buy toys very often because I have a large family and that means a lot of baby cousins)

Gabrielle said...

The cleansing sherbet would be a welcome addition to any beauty box and I love the concept of a foot pack, though yes, they certainly need to work on their English packaging haha!

Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

Corinne said...

I think I would have been a bit disappointed in this too. The point is to discover new products and brands! Hopefully next months will be better.

Corinne x

buffalo journeys said...

Interesting products this month. The foot pack caught my attention since I rarely see those around here. I've heard of the snail mucin; I'd be interested in trying that since I've heard some good reviews.

Coco said...

I'm very curious about the foot pack :-) Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose fashion blog


The last two sound promising, Rowena! Something for moisturized eyes and feet is a musthave for us ladies! ;)

xoxo Ira

nycstylelittlecannoli said...

I have not been too impressed with any of the beauty boxes I have tried. This looks interesting and I like the fact it is reasonable in price. I would love to try the foot product, I never tried a foot mask before. I will have to look into this box subscription. Thanks for the info!!

j said...

Is the foot mask a peeling foot mask? If they had long term results I'd use one but I think they're probably all temporary. I did get a snail product but I can't bear to put it on my face. I gave the CosRx snail sample I got away but I think the Galactomyces Whitening Power Essence is responsible for my skin looking better than it has in many, many years. I'm glad the snail product is working the same way for you!!!

Jane said...

they all sound like something i would like to try :)

Jenmarie said...

This looks like a great box! I never knew there were foot masks, that probably feels so refreshing afterwards! And I totally forgot until I read your post that I have eye pads I need to use! Yay!