Unboxing June 2015 The 3B Box!

I am really loving The 3B Box, as it gives me good sized samples as well as some full sized products that will give me a “taste” of some Asian beauty products that I haven’t tried before.   What is 3B (Beauty Beyond Borders)?  It is an Asian sample monthly subscription box and is very affordable at $12.00/monthly.  It is similar to ipsy and Birchbox, where you get 4 to 5 deluxe samples (and sometimes a full sized item!)

If you are interested in 3B, you can sign up for their waitlist ~ it took me almost 2 months to get off their waitlist, which is fine, because they are being very careful not to have their service suffer by over subscribing customers.  More about 3B’s monthly service:

Each box contains a collection of deluxe samples that are new or popular in Asia but hard to get your hands on. The products will change each month, and you’ll get to try new skincare, haircare, nailcare, and cosmetic products. Sample products range from go-to brands such as Lioele, Etude House and Skinfood to high-end premium brands like SK-II, Kanebo, and Sulwhasoo. Don’t worry about not being able to read Japanese or Korean – we’ve got you covered with English translations of descriptions in each box. (https://the3bbox.com/the-box/)

Informational Card

The items do not come in a box, but a chiffon pouch.  

Skinfood Aloe Soothing Body Wash I love my Holika Holika Aloe body wash, but I am glad to try out different types.  This one by Skinfood has a nice Aloe scent, but it also has something else in the scent as well that makes it a little more fragrant.   This body wash contains 45,000 mg of Aloe Barbadensis leaf water and 15 mg of Luffa Cylindrical (Egyptian cucumber) fruit powder.  It is free of triethanolamine, benzophenone, silicon oil and mineral oil.  Sample Size 40 g Value $2.50

Description: A soothing body wash in a non-greasy gel formula that contains Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water and Luffa Cylindrica Fruit Powder to gently cleanse and exfoliate skin.

Ingredients:  water, aloe barbadensis leaf water, sodium laureth sulfate, acrylates copolymer, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium chloride, glycerin, fragrance, sodium hydroxide, PEG-150 pentaerythrityl tetrastearate, citric acid, luffa cylindrical fruit powder, disodium EDTA, magnesium nitrate, magnesium chloride, methylchlorosothazolinone, methylisothiazolinone  cosDNA.com analysis

image from http://cosmetic-love.com/skinfood-aloe-soothing-body-wash.html


Etude House Precious Minerals BB Cream – Blooming Fit SPF30/PA ++ I don’t really use BB creams, so I will pass on this one.  However, I do appreciate that this was a sample tube and not a foil packet.   This is in W13 (read the fine print on the pack of the tube) and that is Natural Beige.  This BB cream contains pearl powder, is a whitening, anti-wrinkle and UV protector, controls oil, brightens skin tone and also contains bamboo water, which will make your skin look smooth and flawless.  Sample Size 8 – 10 mL?  Value $2.50

Description:   Brightening: Containing bright pearl layer to provide delicate brightening effect on skin and care darkened skin with sebum for clear and delicate skin tone.  Excellent coverage: Application of ‘Slim Layer Fit Formula’ to prevent from getting smudged after re-applying or layering. Moisturizing skin care: Optical oil reflects light to regular directions to maximize gloss and shine. It also contains bamboo sap to hydrate and care skin.  Slim Layer Fit Formula: Plate powder is applied to help makeup done thinly, smoothly, and clearly without getting smudged despite re-application or multiple layering.   Bamboo sap: It contains various minerals and amino acids that make skin shine and hydrated.

Ingredients: water, phenyl trimethicone, butylene glycol, titanium dioxide (CI 77891), butylene glycol dicaprylate/dicaprate, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, cyclopentasiloxane, hydrogenated poly(C6- 14 olefin), cyclohexasiloxane, cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 dimethicone, glycerin, niacinamide, zinc oxide (CI 77947), boron nitride, polyglyceryl-4 isostearate, disteardimonium hectorite, sodium chloride, polybutene, hydrogenated polyisobutene, hexyl laurate, aluminum hydroxide, beeswax, stearic acid, triethoxycaprylylsilane, caprylyl glycol, disodium edta, ethylhexylglycerin, adenosine, methyl methacrylate crosspolymer, mother of pearl, phyllostachis bambusoides juice, alcohol, iron oxides (CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499), fragrance cosDNA.com analysis

image from http://beautynetkorea.com/product/Etude-House—Precious-Mineral-BB-Cream-Blooming-Fit–SPF30-PA—-60g/KRETUDMK0002001/
image from http://beautynetkorea.com/product/Etude-House—Precious-Mineral-BB-Cream-Blooming-Fit–SPF30-PA—-60g/KRETUDMK0002001/

It’s Skin Mangowhite Lip & Eye Remover Tissues These are great!  I have used these before and I do like them a lot ~ this is NOT a facial wipe, but a makeup remover, so you will have to cleanse your face after using these.   I love the Mangowhite scent  and there are 15 wipes in this package so this is also a good size to carry in my purse or laptop bag.  These have a lovely fruity scent to them and contain grapefruit, mangosteen, green tea and orange extracts, along with argan and olive oil.   Full Size 15 sheets Retail Value $6.00

Ingredients: water, cyclopentasiloxane, cyclohexasiloxane, cetyl ethylhexanoate, butylene glycol, citrus paradisi (grapefruit) fruit extract, polxamer 184, sorbitan sesquioleate, diethoxyethyl succinate, PEG-20 glyceryl triisostearate, glycerin, garcinia mangostana (mangosteen)  peel extract, ethylhexylglycerin, argania spinosa kernal oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) fruit extract, allantoin, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, disodium EDTA, phenoxyethanol, fragrance  cosDNA.com analysis

image from http://www.itsskin.com/shop/view.asp?P_IDX=1143


A’Pieu Soochaebit Finger Blusher in CR02  The name makes me blush ~ my mind is in the gutter, sorry folks.  This is actually a really good product ~ the creamy blush in a peach shade is dispensed via a nozzle in the tube.   This is a nice size, it is compact and fits easily in any small purse.    You can use your fingers to blend or a stipple brush if you prefer.   It does require some building up, as it is a very natural shade.   I am loving the peach toned blushers ~ the shade does flatter my warmer skin tone.    Full Size 10 mL Value $7.00

Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, isododecane, Mica (CI 77019), silica, PEG-10 Dimethicone, dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Fragaria Vesca (raspberry) Fruit Extract, Camellia Japonica Flower Extract, Impatiens Balsamina Flower Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract,Tropaeolum Majus (nasturtium) Flower/Leaf/Stem extract, glycerin,Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, magnesium sulfate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Ethylhexylglycerin, aluminum hydroxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-hexanediol, disodium EDTA, tin oxide (CI 77861), phenoxyethanol, fragrance,Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow No. 5 (CI 15985), Red No. 201 (CI 15850), red iron oxide (CI 77491), Red No. 202 (CI 15850: 1), [Precautions for use] Red No. 201 (CI 15850) cosDNA.com analysis

 image from http://www.ebay.com/itm/APIEU-Soochaebit-finger-blusher-cream-type-soft-pearl-blusher-face-highter-cool-/221462158728
image from http://apieu.beautynet.co.kr/goods.detail.do?goodsNumber=57236
image from http://www.ebay.com/itm/APIEU-Soochaebit-finger-blusher-cream-type-soft-pearl-blusher-face-highter-cool-/221462158728



I am very pleased with this month’s bag ~ I received 2 full sized items that I will use, one lovely shower gel in a deluxe size and the only product I won’t use is a sample size BB cream.   I love the fact that this only cost me $12.00 and if I don’t like a few of the items, I won’t feel like I’ve “wasted” a lot of money on it.    I paid $12.00, which includes shipping and the retail value of this bag is $18.00.  Yes, you can find these products cheaper at Korean online shops, but you will pay a bit for shipping.  I used the retail price for the items, not the deep discounted prices you can find at Rose Rose Shop, but in the long run, you can find these items fairly inexpensively.

Did you receive The 3B box this month?  What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below!

[ descriptions in italics from linked product website ]

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