Unboxing August 2016 The 3B Box!

Why do I sub to an Asian Beauty Box when I have so much product?  Well, I do like to keep up with newer items and also discover some brands I may have not tried before.  It is a nice way to get a feel of products before committing to a larger size.  I do like that The 3B Box is really affordable and The 3B Box has improved a lot lately.   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!)

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/)


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Leaders 7 Wonders Amazonian Acai Anti-Pollution Mask  I actually own all of the 7 Wonders masks (there are only 6 of them!) and I tried the Camellia 🌸🌸 Pore Minimizing Mask, which I wasn’t that impressed with.

Leaders 7 Wonders Himalayan 🌸🌸Camellia Pore Minimizing Mask A new series from Leaders! I am interested in the 7 Wonders, as I am a sucker for a series line with colorful packaging 😜I am not sure why they call their series 7 Wonders, as they only have 6 masks! Maybe there is one mask that hasn't been released yet? Anyway, this mask is made from pure coconut bio cellulose and it contains a full bottle (no size on the bottle claim) of serum that is full of botanicals. I am using the pore minimizing mask first and this mask contains camellia from the Himalayan region, which is rich in anti-oxidants. According to Leaders, this mask will help treat rough skin, soothe irritated and troubled (blemishes) skin, reduce the appearance of pores, line lines and acne scars. I am not currently dealing with blemishes right now, so I will focus on the pores, lines and skin texture. This is a one piece hydrogel and the it is sandwiched between two thick pieces of paper to help it retain its shape and for ease of application. Remove one of the paper protectors and then place mask on your face. Slowly peel back the outer paper protector ~ this gets tricky as the gel will come off your face, so you have to hold down the gel with one hand as you remove the outer backing with the other. The mask needed some fiddling on my part to adjust the fit for my face. It does fit like a second skin on my face. The mask doesn't smell like camellia ~ in smells like all other Leaders coconut gels ~ a bit funky (I really dislike the coconut gel scent). The essence is a thicker type ~ almost a gel. I actually save this essence for when the mask starts to dry out in certain places, like my nose, upper lip and chin area ~ those spots dry out first and I want to keep the mask on longer, so I pat the saved essence over those areas to make sure the mask doesn't stick to my skin. So after 30 minutes, I removed the mask. hmmm. Well, I can tell you that my pores did not minimize. In fact, they look larger. The essence absorbed quickly into my skin, but this is not a mattifying mask (nor does it make claims to be one), so my face looked dewy. My face felt smoother, however. More….

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These masks are made from pure coconut bio cellulose and it contains a full bottle (no size on the bottle claim) of serum that is full of botanicals.  According to Leaders, “this sheet mask minimizes the effects of pollution on your skin. The mask helps to purify and neutralize the effects of pollution on your skin. Can be used on all sensitive skin types and is dermatologist tested.”  I do know that this is a one piece hydrogel and the it is sandwiched between two thick pieces of paper to help it retain its shape and for ease of application. Remove one of the paper protectors and then place mask on your face. Slowly peel back the outer paper protector ~ this gets tricky as the gel will come off your face, so you have to hold down the gel with one hand as you remove the outer backing with the other. The mask needed some fiddling on my part to adjust the fit for my face. It does fit like a second skin on my face.  If this runs the same as the Camellia mask, it will smell like that coconut gel scent ~ which is not like coconut, but funky.  I will try this out, but I really do prefer the cotton masks from Leaders.  I think those are much better and less expensive.  The coconut ones leave my face a hot, greasy mess in the morning and I do think they are better suited for drier skin than mine..RV $6.00

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cocos Nucifera (coconut) Fruit Extract, Betaine, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Xanthan Gum, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water (0.1%), Pinus Densiflora Leaf Extract, Fragrance, Artemisia Capillaris Flower Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Ecklonia Cava Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Saururus Chinensis Extract, Ledum Palustre Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Maltodextrin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Panthenol, Niacinamide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Biotin, Ascorbic Acid, Folic Acid, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Ceramide 3, Blyceryl Linolenate, Glyceryl Linoleate, Glyceryl Arachidonate  cosDNA analysis


Goodal Lotus Water Cleansing Tissue  OH YEAS!!  I love Goodal products and this is a new item for 2016 ~ their lotus water cleansing tissues.  NEW2016 Goodal Waterest lotus water cleansing tissues.  This contains 1, 425 mg of fermented lotus extract, which will give your skin a gentle moisturizing cleans, as it purifies.  It is double fermented which produce more moisturizing benefits.  The first natural fermentation is done at 25 ℃ for 2 weeks ~ due to the metabolizing process of microorganisms, it will increase the active ingredients and removes from the lotus flower the insoluble ingredients.

The 2nd fermentation step is done by adding cultured yeast to the first fermented extracts and placing them in a red clay pot ~ this will produce a fermented lotus water with extra micro moisture particles.  20 sheets RV $3.50

Description: Lotus flower extract provides moisture to the skin. The lotus flower moisture particles, refined through the double fermentation process, keep skin moisturized while deeply cleansing the face. The ingredients story: The amazing purification function of the lotus flower, which can keep itself clean even in thick mud, effectively removes makeup residue from pores.  Quality feel with the use of elastic fabric. The closely-adhering fabric, which does not stretch easily thanks to the use of CROSS-WEB technology, ensures a gentle feel and reduces any irritation to skin. The elastic fabric keeps the cleansing tissue moist for hours.


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Ingredients: purified water, ethanol, propylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, poloxamer 184, PEG-7 caprylic/capric glycerides, sodium benzoate, polysorbate 80, PEG-32, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, citric acid, disodium EDTA, nelumbo nucifera flower extract (1425 mg), fragrance cosDNA analysis

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Etude House Age Defense Essential Softener   Softener is just another term for toner nowadays!   This product is an anti-aging toner, and will help smooth and firm your skin, while keeping your skin hydrated.   This will gently exfoliate as it does contain a couple of AHA’s ~  lactic acid and citric acid.  It also has brightening properties with niacinamide and some great anti-aging ingredients with some peptides, glycopropteins, lotus and fermented soy extracts.   I still am looking for some good Etude House products and this one has a pretty impressive ingredient list.  I do not mind alcohol as I have oily skin.    Sample Size 15 mL RV $3.40

Ingredients: water, alcohol, PEG/PPG-17/6 copolymer, glycereth-26, butylene glycol, niacinamide, oenothera biennis (evening primrose) flower extract, arginine/lysine polypeptide, glycoproteins, bacillus/soybean ferment extract, nelumbo nucifera flower extract, prunus mume fruit extract, theobroma cacao (cocoa) extract, bis-PEG-18 methyl ether dimethyl silane, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, ethylhexylglycerin, adenosine, propanediol, dextrin, glycerin, lactic acid, citric acid, glyceryl polymethacrylate, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, carbomer, tromethamine, disodium EDTA, phenoxyethanol, fragrance  cosDNA analysis


Hera WaterIn Gel Serum I have never tried Hera before ~ this brand is part of the AmorePacific family, which I already love.   This hydrating gel serum has carob nibs in it and according to Hera, it can survive for over 25 years in dry and barren environments because it can retain its own moisture by using pinitol.  Pinitol is “a stable ingredient capable of regulating the level of moisture in the plant structure without being affected by environmental conditions, such as cold, stress or drought.”  It also has hydrating Biosaccharide Gum-1, which will lock in moisture in your skin for a long time.   4 sample foils 1mL each (4mL)  RV $5.00

Description: An intensive hydrating gel serum that awakens skin with fresh moisture as if water droplets bursting on the skin to keep it moisturized and smooth. WATERIN contains pinitol extract from carob to quench the thirst of the skin and redress its moisture balance for skin that retains moisture. Get dewy, moisturized skin with nature-inspired   The highly-moisturizing molecule Biosaccharide Gum-1 keeps the skin smooth, soft and moisturized for a long time, while skin lipid-like ingredients strengthen the skin barrier to help the skin retain moisture.

Ingredients: water,butylene glycol, glycerin, biosaccharide gum-1, dimethicone, methyl trimethicone,  hydrolyzed hibiscus esculentus extract, prunus persica (peach) leaf extract, plymethylsilsesquioxane,  1,2-hexanediol, propanediol, polysorbate 20, bis-PEG-18 methyl ether dimethyl silane, caprylic/capric triglyceride, behenyl alcohol, polyglyceryl-10 pentastearate, carbomer, cetearyl alcohol,  tromethanmine, sodium stearoyl lactylate, cetearyl glucoside, ethylhexylglycerin, hydrogenated lecithin,  disodium EDTA, ceratonia silique (carob) fruit extract, caprylyl glycol, glyceryl caprylate,  methoxy PEG-114/polyepsilon carolactone, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, pentylene glycol, hydrogenated phosphatidylcholine, cholesterol, acrylate/stearyl methacrylate copolymer, dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline, fragrance cosDNA analysis


TonyMoly Floria Nutra Energy Emulsion   This emulsion from Tonymoly contains 10% safflower extracts, which is a natural emollient ~ it contains lubricating compounds that help your skin retain moisture, along with Argan oil, which is also known for its moisturizing properties.  It also contains hyaluronic acid, which attracts water and moisture and deeply hydrating your skin.  Also featured is witch hazel extract, which is a soothing astringent, good for sensitive skin.  Alas, this has rose extracts in it (with a name that has Floria, I kinda expected it!), so I won’t be using this.    Sample Size 5 mL  RV $1.00

Description: TonyMoly Floria Nutra-Energy Emulsion is an anti-wrinkle nutritious moisturizer that gives the skin the ideal moisture balance and firming effect. The skin becomes healthy and radiant through the product’s skin energy activating power. 

Ingredients: water, glycerin, carthamus tinctorius (safflower) flower extract, dimethicone, hydrogenated polydecene,  butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, hydrogenated poly (C6-14 Olefin), ulmus davidiana root extract,  amaranthus caudatus seed extract, centella asiatica extract, ficus carica (fig) fruit extract, myrothamnus flabellifolia callus culture extract,  aloe barbadensis leaf extract, althaea rosea flower extract, arctium lappa root extract, rosa damascena callus culture extract, linum usitatissimum (linseed) extract, hibiscus esculentus fruit extract, sodium hyaluronate,  hydrogenated lecithin, argania spinosa kernal oil, oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil,  rosa canina fruit oil, borgo officinalis seed oil, calendula officinalis flower oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, betaine,  cyclopentasiloxane, sodium polyacrylate, trideceth-6, PEG/PPG-18/18 dimethicone, glyceryl stearate, cetyl alcohol, PEG-75 stearate, ceteth-20,steareth-20, adenosine, butylene glycol, panthenol, propanediol, folic acid, ceramide NP, cholesterol, raffinose, acetyl glutamine, pentylene glycol, sorbitan laurate, tromethamine, hydroxyethylcellulose, acetyl dipeptide-1 cetyl ester, lecithin, squalane, xanthan gum, phytosterols, palmitoyl pentapeptide-4, hydrolyzed pea protein, fragrance, phenoxyethanol, methylisothiazolinone, Yellow 6 (CI 15985), Yellow 5 (CI 19140)  cosDNA analysis

Despite the Leaders mask and the TonyMoly emulsion that I cannot use, I am really pleased with this month’s 3B Box ~ I am thrilled to get a new fermented lotus product from Goodal, eager to try out the Etude House softener and really excited to try my first ever Hera product!!  This month seems to be all about moisturizing and keeping your sun-parched skin hydrated and clean.  I paid $12.00 for this and received a RV of almost $19.00

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

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