Beauteque BB Bag Review, June 2016

Beauteque BB Bag, $24 per month plus $3.95 shipping US; ships worldwide, see site for international shipping rates

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"Beauteque sent me a cupcake?!" No, baby bun, it's actually a lip gloss disguised as a cupcake.  This little girl is just too cute and sweet.  She is my favorite of the new babies.  (Don't tell the others!)  She is Emmett's half-sister.

 Beauteque is a monthly beauty bag that sends subscribers six to eight full size skincare, hair care, and/or makeup items per month.  Most of the products are Korean, but there is an occasional Japanese product.  Korea is known for having some of the best skincare products out there,  so this is one of my favorite subscriptions.  K-Beauty is innovative, so you'll see some ingredients in your products that you might not expect to see (e.g., donkey milk, snail mucus, sea cucumber).  The packaging is often adorable and modeled after animals, fruits, vegetables, or other food.  Beauteque also sends BB Bag subscribers a new makeup bag each month.

Besides subscriptions, Beauteque also sells K-Beauty products in their online shop.  Their shop is undergoing some big changes starting July 1st.  They had been selling every kind of Korean beauty product you could imagine in their store, but they are going to start selling only masks.  Korean masks are amazing and Beauteque has always sold them, but now their primary focus will be on masks.  They will be trying every mask they sell and making sure each one of them is of high quality.  While sheet masks will surely be a big part of their store, they will have all types of masks, including liquid, powder, and masks for body parts other than your face (e.g., hair, lips, feet, hands).  I was worried this meant they would be doing away with the BB Bag and have only the Mask Maven subscription, but they have assured subscribers they will still offer both subscriptions.

Beauteque sent me this box free of charge for review.

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Here's what came in my June Beauteque BB Bag:

The June Beauteque BB Bag was worth $56.99.  This is on the lower side of BB Bag values, but it's still about double the price of the subscription, so no complaints here.  I was not sure of the sponge's brand, so I used the value listed on the product information card.  I also used the value on the product information card for the hand cream because I couldn't find the same variety for sale online.  The June theme was Beauteque Beauty Treats, so four of the six products have dessert themes.  I think it's one of the cutest themes they've had.  The bag wasn't my favorite this month because the yellow and white made me think of an egg, but the material is sturdy and it's pretty big.  Emily really liked the bag.  

 

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First up, there is the Chocopie Hand Cream, which is shaped like the Korean dessert of the same name.  This looks like a little whoopie pie.  When you open it up, there is a softly scented, sweet smelling hand cream.  The hand cream comes in different varieties, but I'm not sure what kind I have.  All the ones I've seen online have been marshmallow, cookies and cream, or strawberry, but this is none of those.  The little circle in the bottom right corner of the package has a flower in it, so I have no idea what type this one could be.   I was expecting this to have a strong chocolate scent to it and have a thin, lightweight formula, but I was completely wrong.  This has a very light, sweet scent to it that is not chocolaty at all, and the formula is thick and moisturizing.   I thought this would be one of those things that I keep around for the cute packaging and never actually use, but I liked it a lot and will use it up.  

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Hair masks are always a treat.  My hair has been unusually dry lately, so I needed this!  The Purederm Vital Radiance Hair Mask in Honey is specially formulated for color-treated and permed hair.  Even though my hair is neither of those things, I gave it a try and was happy with the results.  It gave my hair some much needed moisture and shine!  To use this, you shampoo your hair, then comb this through your hair, allow it to set five to fifteen minutes, then rinse.  I shampooed at the beginning of my shower, applied the mask, then did all my other shower stuff and rinsed this at the end and it worked out well.  At $4, it's inexpensive and will get your hair back in shape.

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All subscribers got one of the Holika Holika Dessert Time Lip Balms, but the style subscribers got varied.  I received #1 Red Cupcake, which has a soft strawberry scent (but no flavor) and gives your lips a very pale red tint.  The balm itself was softer than I expected, just slightly harder than a jelly.  It gave me a little bit of moisture, but not quite a much as I would like from a lip balm.  This is cute, but probably won't get much use from me.

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All subscribers got the Holika Holika Cover and Hiding Stick Concealer in 02 Natural Beige.  As you can see, it is too dark for my skin tone.  I wish they had customized the color for subscribers because this just won't work for pale people like me or for people with darker skin.  I tried it and I got it to cover up a pimple and then put my regular foundation on top of it, so it's workable, but I would prefer it match my coloring better.  It held up all day, even on my greasy T-zone, so it's a good product.  I'll probably pass it along to a friend who has coloring that is similar to this concealer stick.

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I've tried regular BeautyBlenders and have had good luck with them, so I was looking forward to trying a generic blending sponge.  I always want to find cheaper alternatives to expensive beauty products, so I wanted to see how it stacked up.  I had better luck with this sponge than I was expecting.  It applied my foundation well and gave me a flawless finish.  The shape of this made it a little harder for me to use than the BeautyBlender I've tried, but I liked that it had different shapes and sizes so it could work on all areas of my face.

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Finally, there was the A'pieu Rub In Gelato in Riso.  The spoilers said subscribers would get either the A'pieu Rub In Gelato in Pistachio or the SkinFood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off, so I was surprised to get a different kind of the gelato mask.  The spoiler for the pistachio showed a little scoop of pistachio ice cream on top of the container, which was really cute, so I was wondering what Riso was supposed to be.  I speak Portuguese, so I originally assumed riso had something to do with smiling or laughing.  I looked it up online and riso means rice in Italian.  Apparently, rice gelato is a thing.  This mask smells exactly like an ice cream cone (as in, the cone itself, without ice cream on it), which I loved.  I was surprised by how much I liked the scent as I've never thought of ice cream cones to have an amazing smell, but it works.  This mask is supposed to give your pores a deep cleanse, brighten and moisturize your skin, and give you some gentle exfoliation.  The cream looked and felt smooth when I applied it to my face.  After fifteen minutes, I washed it off, and was surprised how exfoliating it felt.  I love this mask!  It was definitely my favorite product in the June BB Bag.  My skin was glowing and smooth after I used this.  I really want the pistachio now, too!  I hope they start making more scents of this.  I will want them all.

June was a fantastic month for Beauteque's BB Bag!  The concealer stick and the lip balm weren't really for me, but I loved the other four products in the bag.  I can't recommend the A'pieu Rub In Gelato highly enough.  I wish I could have tried the mask in Pistachio and tried the Skinfood Black Sugar mask, too, but I'm very happy with this one.  The dessert theme was cute and worked really well.  Beauteque did an excellent job curating this box.  I'm looking forward to the July BB Bag!  Watch for my review of Beauteque's Mask Maven in the next day or two.  

What did you think of this month's BB Bag?  What kind of Chocopie Hand Cream did you get?  Does anyone know what kind mine is supposed to be?  Did you get the Skinfood Black Sugar mask or the A'pieu Gelato mask?  I'd love to hear your thoughts!