Beateque BB Bag, $24 per month plus $3.95 shipping US; ships worldwide, see website for shipping rates
Beauteque's BB Bag sends subscribers six to eight beauty products from Korea and occasionally from other Asian countries. The products are sent inside a different makeup bag each month. Korean skincare is known for being some of the best out there, so I always love trying out the latest products. This is a great way to discover companies and products that you would be unlikely to find in the US or Canada. The only downside is that, if you like a product, it can be difficult to find a replacement once you are done with the one that came in your BB Bag. Beauteque also has another subscription, Mask Maven (which I will review in a few days), and sells Korean beauty products on their website.
Beauteque provides me with the BB Bag free of charge for review.
January's BB Bag theme was Winter Wonderland. Here's what came in my January BB Bag:
- Ladykin Affinitic Snail Cream Whitening Moisturizer Miniature (mini size, worth $4)
- Ladykin Affinitic Snail Cream Moisturizing Miniature (mini size, worth $4)
- Tony Moly Pocket Bunny Moist Mist (full size, worth $15)
- A'Pieu Color Longwear Shadow Stick in Bronze Brown (full size, worth $11)
- Nature Republic By Flower Lip Scrub (full size, worth $8.99)
- Scinic All Day Fine Pore Toner (full size, worth $15)
- Beautyblend Eyebrow Clip (worth $4.50)
The January BB Bag was worth about $62.49. I couldn't find the A'Pieu shadow stick or the eyebrow tweezers for sale online, so I just went with the value Beauteque listed in the information booklet that comes with the bag. Also, I couldn't find the snail cream for sale in the same size and type as the ones I got in this month's bag, so I linked to the bigger size and used the value Beauteque provided for the mini size. The bag that the products were sent in this month was a solid shimmery pearl color (shown in the above photo). I liked it more than most of the bags I've gotten from Beauteque.
I love snail mucus products, so I was happy to get this adorable set of snails! The blue snail is the whitening moisturizer and the pink snail is the moisturizing cream. Subscribers got either one of each color or two of one color. I would have been a little sad if I had gotten two of the same color instead of one of each! It's fun to try both types. The whitening moisturizer is a clear, viscous gel. This one uses bamboo extract to brighten the skin and green tea, pine, and snail mucus for moisture and renewal. The regular moisturizer is a white cream, not a gel. It is 80% snail mucus for healing and contains shea butter for moisture, adenosine for aging, and vitamins. I preferred the pink snail because the texture of the cream was much nicer than that of the gel. It was very moisturizing. Snail mucus is known to accelerate healing, so it's a great moisturizer to use when you are trying to recover from a breakout. For anyone who has not read anything about snail mucus before, don't worry -- the snails are not hurt in the mucus collection process.
One of my lovely bunny models was nice enough to pose with the Tony Moly Pocket Bunny Moist Mist. Isn't he a cutie? Some subscribers got the Sleek Mist, which is for oil control, instead of the Moist Mist. The Moist Mist, as you have probably already guessed, is for moisturizing. You are supposed to spray it on your face throughout the day. This really isn't the type of product I am interested in. I don't like spraying myself in the face when I have my makeup on. I got a similar spray over the summer and Emily enjoyed keeping it in the fridge and spraying her face on occasion to keep her skin cool and hydrated. I'll probably be saving this mist to be used this summer. It has a light scent to it that disappears after it dries. I love the bottle it came in, so I'll be keeping the container ever after it is empty.
I got the A'Pieu Color Longwear Shadow Stick in Bronze Brown. Colors subscribers got varied. This is your basic shadow stick. I liked the bronzey color, but I already have a hundred eyeshadows in a similar color. Applying it was very easy. I used the stick to apply it to my lids, but you could use a brush or finger if you preferred. I was impressed by the pigment of the shadow and how smooth and creamy the formula was. The nice thing about a shadow stick is that there is no fallout! The shadow lasted most of the day, but I did notice a little creasing in it before I washed off my makeup to go to bed.
The Nature Republic By Flower Lip Scrub was my favorite find in this month's BB Bag! The booklet said that the brand could vary, so some subscribers must have gotten a lip scrub that was not by Nature Republic. I'm not sure what brand other subscribers got. Just dabbing a small amount on my damp lips, rubbing my lips together for a minute, then rinsing the scrub off left my lips feeling so soft and smooth. I need to remember to use this regularly. I get annoyed with dry skin on my lips and pick at it (I know, it's bad and gross), so I'm hoping regular exfoliation will get the dry skin off before I feel compelled to pick at my lips.
Toner is always a product I enjoy seeing in a beauty box. This toner needs to be shaken before every use because the contents settle a bit. A combination of aloe, ivy, grapefruit, and green tea help control oil production. It has a subtle scent to it, but it doesn't last long. Right now my skin is quite dry from this cold winter weather, so I will be saving this for the summer when my oily T-zone is back in full force.
Finally, there was the Eyebrow Clip, aka tweezers. Beauteque seems to always include a beauty tool in every month's bag. This is your average pair of tweezers. It will do your basic plucking, but you will probably need a nicer set of tweezers for teeny hairs.
I was happy with the January BB Bag! I loved the lip scrub, the snail cream and gel, and the toner. I thought the shadow stick was okay. The bunny spray wasn't for me, but I love the packaging and Emily will be sure to use it this summer. I wasn't a big fan of the tweezers, but they'll do the job if you don't have anything else. The fact that this bag was heavy on skincare and light on makeup was a plus for me. I subscribe to Korean beauty boxes for the fabulous skincare products, not the makeup. I don't mind one makeup item per month, maybe two, but that's about it.
Did you get a BB Bag this month? What did you think? Do you subscribe to any Korean beauty boxes? What are your favorites? What do you like to receive in them? I can't wait to read all about your K-beauty bags in the comments!