Beauteque's BB Bag is a monthly subscription that sends you beauty products from Korea (and occasionally other Asian countries, such as Japan). Korea is known for having amazing skincare, so, if you prefer your subscriptions to be more skincare than makeup, this subscription is probably perfect for you. The skincare products from Korea are very innovative and you won't find anything like most of them in the US. The ingredients are often different from what you're used to seeing -- expect to see every fruit and vegetable you can think of, bamboo, cactus, snail mucus, donkey milk, red wine, pearl, bird's nest, and honey. Vegans, sadly, Korean boxes are not for you. I love trying out new ingredients and seeing what works and what doesn't for me, but some people aren't quite that adventurous. While there are many websites that you can buy Korean beauty products from, I love being able to try a selection of different products without committing to spending a lot of money on an item that I know very little about. Beauteque's BB Bag is a great way to sample Korean beauty without breaking the bank. They send subscribers six to eight full size or travel size products that are worth between $65 and $85.
Here's what was inside the May Beauteque BB Bag:
- Prelab Toning Peeling Tap (full size, worth $20)
- The Saem Fresh Bamboo Soothing Gel (full size, worth $15)
- The Saem Healing Tea Garden Green Tea Cleansing Tissue (full size, worth $8)
- Milky Dress SOS Blemish Cream (full size, worth $9.90)
- A'Pieu Glow Nail Touch Nail Polish in CR03 (full size, worth $7)
- Kinepin Beauty Nail Company Nail Kit (worth $6)
The May BB Bag was worth $65.90. Because these are Korean imports, it can be hard to find them on websites that ship to the US. Above, I've linked to the products I could find on reputable sites. For those I couldn't find, I used the value Beauteque listed on the product information card.
The Prelab Toning Peeling Tap was like nothing I had seen before. It's a gently exfoliating serum, from what I can tell. It says "toning" in the name of the product, but this didn't really feel like a toner to me. Perhaps I am wrong, though. The instructions on the package don't mention rinsing and other sites I've found it on online say to use it after washing. The instructions on the card that came in the BB Bag, though, said to rinse after using it. There are fifteen single-use foil packets that are connected to a teeny cotton pad. You have to squeeze the packet a bit and the end connected to the pad bursts open and wets the pad with its contents. After you've done that, you rub the thin, clear gel on your face and then tap your face to help with absorption. I didn't rinse after using it. The gel won't give you a traditional chemical peel, but its gentle acids will work to exfoliate your face. My face looked really good when I woke up the next day after using this (I was recovering from an annoying breakout), so I'm a fan of this. At more than $1 per packet, it won't be something I use every day, but I'll use it when I need it.
This moisturizer is huge! Subscribers got either the Tony Moly Bamboo Cool Water Soothing Gel 99% Pure Eco or The Saem Fresh Bamboo Soothing Gel. As you can see, I got The Saem's bamboo gel. The packaging for both products looks like bamboo, so that's pretty cute. This can be used for either the face or body. It contains bamboo water, which is supposed to be moisturizing and refreshing. The gel is very thin, almost watery, and absorbs in seconds. It has a very light scent, but it's barely noticeable. I didn't know you could make a moisturizer out of bamboo, but I love that you can as bamboo is plentiful and grows so quickly. The ultra-light formula makes it perfect for summer. It reminds me a lot of aloe gel, although I have no idea how well this would work for burns.
Next up is another product from The Saem, the Healing Tea Garden Green Tea Cleansing Tissue. This has a pretty heavy floral scent to it, which I liked. If you don't like scented products, though, you're going to want to steer clear of this. It removed my makeup better than most makeup removing wipes I've tried. The tissue itself seemed a little thin and small, but, it worked well, so that is not a big deal. One tissue removed a full face of makeup easily. Even though it seems small, it's clearly big enough for what it has to do.
The night before I got this, I had run out of pimple cream, so the Milky Dress SOS Blemish Cream came at the perfect time. Besides helping to clear pimples, this is also supposed to work as a brightener. That might seem a little strange, but it's actually a great idea. The only time I need brightening is when a pimple decides it wants to leave behind a slightly darker spot for a couple weeks after it has died. The tube is small, but you don't need much of this. I used too much the first time I tried this (as in, I just rubbed it over a big patch of skin instead of carefully applying it to pimples) and it dried my skin out quite a bit overnight. Don't do what I did. This cream did dry out the pimples, so, if you use this judiciously, you'll be happy with the results. The ingredients in this are in Korean, so I'm not entirely sure what's in this, but my guess is it is benzoyl peroxide-based with some vitamin C or other brightener thrown in.
All subscribers got nail polish, but, given that the only thing listed on the card is "Nail Polish," I'm assuming subscribers received different brands and colors. I got the A'Pieu Glow Nail Touch in CR03, a medium coral shade. The bottle looks kind of cheap, honestly, so my expectations weren't all that high for this. You can't judge a book by its cover, though, and I ended up being surprised by the quality of this nail polish. It looked almost perfect after one coat. I would probably recommend two coats just to be safe, but, if you're short on time, one will work in a pinch. It dried quicker than most nail polish and resisted chipping longer than the average on me. While coral wouldn't have been my first color choice, it's a fun, cheerful summer shade, so I am happy with it.
To go along with the nail polish, subscribers also received a little nail kit from Kinepin. This is your basic, inexpensive nail kit. The emery board has surfaces for shaping, smoothing, buffing, and polishing, so that was a nice feature.
Beauteque really knocked it out of the park with their May BB Bag! I loved everything inside besides the nail kit (which I didn't hate, just wasn't all that impressed by it). I much prefer Korean skincare to makeup, so the months that are almost all skincare are always my favorites. Don't get me wrong -- there is good Korean makeup out there -- but the innovative skincare is what really sets Korea apart in the beauty world, so that's what I'm interested in. I liked that they sent us makeup remover wipes, the peeling toner/serum, the bamboo moisturizer, and the blemish cream, so you have almost a full skincare regimen. This is one of the best months I've seen from Beauteque, quite possibly the best. Choosing just one favorite product is difficult, but I think it might be the Prelab Toning Peeling Tap, with the Milky Dress SOS Blemish Cream, The Saem Fresh Bamboo Smoothing Gel, and The Saem Healing Garden Green Tea Cleansing Tissues coming in close behind it.
What did you think of the May BB Bag? Did you love it as much as I did? Which product was your favorite? If you got the Tony Moly bamboo gel instead of The Saem's, what did you think? What kind of nail polish did you get? I'd love to hear all about your BB Bags in the comments!