Beautibi approached me the other week to see if I would be interested in reviewing one of their boxes. After looking at their website and reading up on their services, I happily accepted as Beautibi looks to be a great addition to my Asian skincare obsession! Beautibi is similar to Memebox, as that you pick the boxes you want to purchase and it is not on a monthly subscription, but it differs from other K-Beauty boxes, as it isn’t just featuring Korean brands, but also Taiwanese and Japanese brands too! I rarely get to branch out to different Asian skincare brands, so I am really happy to try this and perhaps introduce you to a new Asian Beauty service!
Beautibi not only has box selections (click here to view current boxes), but also a shop as well that carries Korean, Japanese and Taiwanese brands. They do not yet ship their boxes internationally, but all of the store items can be purchased and shipped internationally at this time.
Pronounced, “Beauty + Be”, “bi” in Japanese means “beauty” and at Beautibi, we focus on not only being beautiful, but feeling beautiful by taking care of everything, inside out. Beautibi’s mission is to introduce the best skincare products from Asia and make it easily accessible to the rest of the world. We focus on the quality and effectiveness of every product before it is released to Beautibi users. We also want to make skincare and makeup affordable, so we are always looking for products that fit different lifestyles. We recommend patch testing products, as we know not everyone’s skin will react the same to every product.
This box is the perfect box to get you ready for the summer. It is comprised of a full-size cleanser from Beyond (random scent), full-size Beyond CC Cream (random), full-size PeriPera Sun Jelly, Cezanne Duo Eyeshadow (random), and Maskingdom’s I Wish Series “Made a Miracle” Facial Mask.
Beautibi’s box and packaging is probably the best for any subscription box that I have tried. The box is a beautiful geometric design in shades of aqua and the tissue is a lovely pale aqua, with shredded aqua and beige tissue inside the box. The box is very sturdy as well, and would be great to use a gift box. Beautibi also gives samples with every purchase, including their boxes!
My Box Revealed
Beyond Very Berry Indian Gooseberry Cleansing Foam (Korea) I have never heard of Beyond before, despite having a K-Beauty obsession! The type of cleanser I could have received was randomly selected from Blueberry, Cranberry and Gooseberry and I received Gooseberry. Foaming cleansers are tricky, as they usually have a high pH level and whereas I will and have used cleansers as high as 8, I try not to go over that ~ the exception being Secret Key Honey Bee AC cleanser. This cleanser does have a pH level that looks close to 10, so I will use it as a body wash, which is fine ~ I go thru body washes a lot faster than facial cleansers! It is a personal choice with pH levels and if you like or don’t worry about pH levels, you can use this on your face. It smells wonderful ~ I don’t know what Indian Gooseberries are supposed to smell like, but it is a very berry scent and it does lather up beautifully on my skin. This cleanser contains 120 mg of blueberry extracts as well, which are rich in vitamin C and anthocyanins ~ a great anti-oxidant and brightener for your skin. I was looking at the Beyond Korean shopping site and there is an Apple Mint Oil Cleanser, which I did find at Cosmetic Love, that I want to try now!! Full Size 120 mL Value $15.00
Ingredients: water, hydrogenated palm acid, glycerin, lauric acid, potassium hydroxide, myristic acid, glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, beeswax, dipropylene glycol, camellia sinensis leaf extract, phyllanthus emblica(Indian gooseberry) fruit extract, euterpe oleracea fruit extract, vaccinium angustifolium (blueberry) fruit extract (120mg), cocamidopropyl betaine, butylene glycol, methyl gluceth-20, propanediol, titanium dioxide, phenoxyethanol, tetrasodium EDTA, fragrance cosDNA.com analysis
Beyond Real Skin CC Cream in 01 Aqua (SPF25 PA++) (Korea) This is also a randomly selected CC cream ~ the options are 01 Aqua, 02 Cover or 03 Glow. I received 01 Aqua and at first, I was like, okay, a mint green CC cream that will help even out my skin tone. I’ve had these before and I do like them. BUT…… This one, despite its minty green shade, didn’t just absorb into my skin, it changed its color to a shade that matched my skin tone. As I blended in the product, I could actually see the cream go from its pale green to a beige shade with each swipe. I was so impressed, I even did another swatch to show the color change! This CC cream is a sheer tint, so if you want more coverage, then you can either build up the coverage by adding more layers, or apply your favorite BB or foundation on top of this, as a CC cream is a color corrector and can be used with other foundations. I like that it applies sheer as I am not a fan of heavy coverage on my face ~ I have very oily skin and heavy coverage just means more oily. This does have a dewy finish as it is very moisturizing, so I am using Jouer anti-blemish matte primer underneath it and then top off with Innisfree No Sebum finishing powder to help tamp down the dewy finish. This is just a personal preference, and you do not need to do this if you like the more dewy, moist finish of a foundation. This has a light sugary scent with a hint of lemon in it ~ it does disappear quickly, but it is very nice ~ like lemon sugar cookies 😀
I’ve been wearing this for a couple of days now and I have had no adverse reaction to it. I do think, as I normally do not use a facial primer, that I will save this CC cream for when the weather gets a bit cooler. I had to use one for my testing, as it is so hot and muggy right now in Boston and my face is already naturally dewy (re: oil slick!) I do like this CC cream quite a bit and hope that Beautibi starts carrying in their store. This is dermatologically tested, no parabens added, minimum chemical fragrance, against animal testing and has a recyclable package. Full Size Value $16.00
Ingredients: water, dimethicone, glycerin, dipropylene glycol, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, neopentyl glycol dicaprate, biosaccharide gum-1, methyl glucose sesquistearate, panthenol, cyclopentasiloxane, stearic acid, 1,2-hexanediol, titanium dioxide, atractyloides japonica root oil, hydroxyproline, thymus vulgaris (thyme) flower/leaf extract, buddleja davidii extract, butylene glycol, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower extract, ocmum basilicum (basil) flower/leaf extract, althaea officinalis root extract, houttuynia cordata extract, anthemis nobilis flower extract, rosemarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, foeniculum vulgare (fennel) fruit extract, pyrus malus (apple) fruit water, monarda didyma leaf extract, salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract, corchorus olitorius leaf extract, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, sorbitan isostearate, polyglyceryl-2 triisostearate, squalane, aluminum hydroxide, dimethicone/PEG-10/15 crosspolymer, PEG-40 stearate, palmitoyl proline, nylon-12, polysorbate 60, xanthan gum, trisodium EDTA, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolyer, magnesium palmitoyl glutamate, sodium palmitoyl sarcosinate, palmitic acid, silica dimethyl silylate, polyester-1, triethoxycaprlylsilane, fragrance, mica, chromium hydroxide green, titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77492), iron oxides (CI 77491), iron oxides (CI 77499) cosDNA.com analysis
Peripera Ice Jelly Sun SPF 30 PA++ (Korea) Okay, I have to wear sunscreen and everyone should wear one too. That doesn’t mean I HAVE to like it. Most sunscreens clog up my pores and make my face greasy. Plus, I am never sure when I should apply sunscreen ~ after all of my skincare or before I start? I think it is after all of my skincare and before my makeup ~ or at least that is how I am doing it today. So when I saw that I was getting this sunscreen in the Yes, Summer box, I was like ~ sure, fine, whatever. Until I swatched this Ice Jelly Sun with its cute little Happy Feet penguin logo. This is unlike any sunscreen I have tried and I have tried a lot in the last couple of years. This is a lightweight gel-lotion, looks like a standard sunscreen, but the texture is very light, almost sheer. As I massaged it into my skin, it melted into my skin, leaving behind a moist watery film ~ no thick sunscreen residue, no white cast, no heavy feeling, stickiness or greasiness. The watery film quickly absorbed into my skin. Peripera Ice Jelly Sun has a high water content and that is why it works this magic. This sun gel has cereus grandiflorus (cactus) extract and sodium hyaluronate to help moisturize and portulaca oleracea extract, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), centella asiatica extract and houttuynia cordata extract for anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, that will nourish your skin while protecting it from UV rays.
Unlike most sunscreens that I have currently, this one will be used on my face ~ and will go on my “to buy” list for sure! I hope this is not one of those products that Club Clio is discontinuing (such as my beloved Waterest toner & oil)! Random thought ~ why are American sunscreens in such HUGE honking bottles and Korean sunscreens in tiny tubes? Full Size 50 mL Value $12.00
Ingredients: water, ethylexyl methoxycinnamate, alcohol, cyclopentasiloxane, butylene glycol, ethylhexyl salicylate, isoamyl p-methoxycinnamate, diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate, 1,2-hexanediol, portulaca oleracea extract, cereus grandiflorus (cactus) extract, tocopheryl acetate, centella asiatica extract, houttuynia cordata extract, sodium hyaluronate, triethanolamine, silica, carbomer, ceteth-10, cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 dimethicone, behenyl alcohol, allantoin, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, fragrance, phenoxyethanol, blue 1 lake (CI 42090) cosDNA.com analysis
Cezanne Duo Eyeshadow in #01 Gold (Champagne/brown) (Japan) This was randomly selected from pink/brown or champagne/brown eyeshadow. This is from the Lamé Series, which has has some nice shimmer and glitter, but it isn’t a glitter bomb. According to the description, it is “glitter for mature ladies” ~ snickers ~ Despite the mature label, these are really nice colors and the glitter isn’t obvious, so there isn’t fallout. The champagne is more of a bright golden shade and the brown is a lovely bittersweet chocolate brown, very deep and rich. They go on smoothly, but they are soft, so use a eye primer first, so it will wear longer. Full Size Value $10.00
Description: A set of two shades containing glitters which provide elegant and gorgeous finish. Ideal for those who want to add drama to their eyes but do not like superfluous glitter.
Ingredients for #01: Triethylhexanoin, diisostearyl malic acid, (HDI / trimethylol hexyl lactone) cross polymer, zinc stearate, propyl paraben, methyl paraben, silica, tocopherol (+/-) ultramarine blue, Prussian blue, talc, borosilicate (Ca / Al ), borosilicate (Ca / Na), mica, manganese violet, tin oxide, titanium oxide, iron oxide, red 202
MasKingdom I Wish Series – Made a Miracle (Taiwan) A new facial sheet mask brand to try! You all know I love my sheet masks and this one not only had a facial sheet mask, but an after-care serum that you apply afterwards. MasKingdom is the #1 top selling boutique mask in Taiwan, so this is pretty exciting. I love the packaging, it is very creative with the woman surrounded by books, globe, scroll and pen. This mask has bitter gourd extracts and resveratrol (made from grapes) that are high in antioxidants and will protect skin from free radical damage, while brightening your skin. MasKingdom masks are made with fruit and vegetable ingredients from Taiwan and are free from parabens, alcohol, artificial fragrances and any animal ingredients. These are made with Japanese natural silkworm silk, which has a high permeability and a really great fit on the skin. They do not contain the 26 common harmful fragrances listed by the EU commission and they do not use any of the 102 ingredients listed with the Japanese Ministry of Health that could cause skin disorders. SGS allergy tested and safe for sensitive skin. 2-piece mask Value $6.00
Some interesting ingredients that I haven’t come across before (or if I have, I’ve forgotten!)
Crambe Abyssinica seed oil ~ This plant grows in the Mediterranean and Eastern Africa regions, and it is often compared to Jojoba oil. However, this oil has a much higher content of erucic acid, which contains omega-9, a non essential fatty acid. This oil quickly absorbs and penetrates the outer layer of your skin and hydrates, nourishes and moisturizes while creating a protective layer, helping prevent dehydration. This oil is similar to our own oil(sebum) and can also be used to control our oil production.
Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp extract ~ This is a white mushroom (fungus), originally from China, and has been used in Oriental beauty and medicine for centuries. It helps retain moisture to your skin, protects your skin and has anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties. It also helps with skin elasticity and has anti-aging properties as well.
Peucedanum Ostruthium leaf extract ~ Also known as Masterwort ~ I’ve heard of mugwort, but not masterwort! This native Swiss Alp plant produces flavonoids and phenolic acid, which help soothe your skin, while protecting it. It helps repair stressed skin as helping with skin irritation.
image from beautibi.com
Description: The “I Wish Series” has a natural water barrier lock + invisible protective film that helps to provide immediate moisturizing, smooth fine lines, and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid and marine moisturizing micro-membrane absorbs into face muscles to activate firm and beautiful skin.
How To Use: On a clean and dry face, remove sheet from sleeve carefully (not to spill essence) and apply onto your face by aligning the top of your face first. Leave on for 15-20 minutes. Add additional essence from bag onto face for extra moisture.
About Maskingdom: MasKingdom is a boutique Taiwanese company focused on using only safe, and effective facial mask free from alcohol, mineral oil, animal ingredients and parabens. Their combination of using local elements, culture, and artistic creativity has made them one of the most recognized and coveted brands in the world. Persistence in being safe, effective and green. Dedicated to integrate Taiwan local factors, cultures, aesthetic and creativity. Building the world of beauty with memory of the five sense. Maskingdom is considered the most beautiful souvenir boutique facial mask.
Mask: Aqua, methylpropanedoil, hydroxyethyl urea, PEG-55, glycosyl trehalose, hydrogenated starch hydrolysate, triethylhexanoin,, macadamia ternifolia seed oil, crambe abyssinica seed oil, orbignya oleifera (babassu palm) seed oil, sodium polyacryloyldimethyl taurate, hydrogenated polydecene, trideceth-10, sclerotium gum, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, chlorphenesin, resveratrol, sorbitol, dihydroxy methylchromone, erythritol, homarine HCL, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, lechithin, ectoin, cyclopeptide-5, sodium hyaluronate, hydrolyzed hibiscus esculentus extract, dextrin cosDNA.com analysis
Serum: aqua, butylene glycol, glycerin, sodium PCA, PEG-3350, glycosyl trehalose, cellulose, hydrogenated starch hydrolysate, tremella fuciformis sporocarp extract, xanthan gum, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, chlorphenesin, hydroxyethylcellulose, fragrance, sodium acetate, isopropyl alcohol, hydrolyzed pea, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, disodium EDTA, polyquaternium-39, sodium hyaluronate, peucedanum ostruthium leaf extract, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, squalane, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, santalum album (sandalwood) oil cosDNA.com analysis
I am so glad I picked “Yes, Summer” as the box I wished to try ~ I mentioned to Jennifer at Beautibi that this box looked really nice and she sent that one to me, when we were discussing what I liked best, skincare or makeup (answer: skincare). I like that there are brands in here that are unknown to me, with only the Peripera the only brand that I was familiar with, but not with that sunscreen. Everything in this box is full sized too!
I had so much fun with my Yes, Summer box from Beautibi ~ I love the sunscreen as it is not like any sunscreen I have tried before and that is going into my “to buy” list. I also think that the CC cream is so cool and will be work well for me once the weather is a bit cooler. The eyeshadow duo is very pretty and a nice travel size ~ the colors are neutral and it can be make dramatic or subtle. The foam cleanser smells really nice and will make a good body wash for me, as the pH level is higher than I like for my face and I cannot wait to try the mask out ~ I love the packaging and also that it has an aftercare serum included. I’ve only seen one other brand have that, so I am really happy to know that other brands have this mask + serum combination.
I also love the packaging ~ it is so well done and I could easily gift one of Beautibi boxes, knowing that it comes so beautifully packaged. The colors are so soothing too, with the aqua and neutral shades ~ I am so impressed! Will I personally purchase boxes and other items from Beautibi? Yes! I have signed up for their newsletter and I will be tracking what new boxes they release and purchase those that are of interest to me.
There is only one “Yes, Summer” box left on Beautibi’s site, and it retails for $42.00, with a value of $59.00 worth of products, which is about a 28% savings. For the products that I could find online, the value of the item was not overly marked up, if it was at all ~ the Jelly Sun Cream, for example, does sell for $12.00 at Club Clio’s website. There are other boxes at Beautibi, with some new releases. Sign up for their newsletter to get the latest on new boxes, sales and items! For your very first order with Beautibi, use coupon code BEAUTIBI15 to get 15% off 😀
I also have a 20% off code, good for any beauty box ~ BEAUTYFINDS20 and it is valid until 8/14/15
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