Wednesday, December 24, 2014

3B Subscription Box #Review ~ Beauty Beyond Borders

Earlier this month one of my favorite bloggers, Tracy at Fanserviced-B, posted about a brand new subscription service whose goal is to "help you discover the most popular Asian beauty products through our curated pouch of deluxe samples each month." 3B (which stands for Beauty Beyond Borders) currently only caters to those with a mailing address in the United States, but I'm hoping for international expansion in the future (if you're outside the US, drop them a line, I'm sure they'd love to know you're interested!). This pouch costs $12 per month, which I think is a reasonable price for a new sub, lining up with Birchbox and Ipsy which cost $10 each month. 3B is also working on bringing a shop to their site to later purchase the full-size of samples you've tried from their pouch.

December was 3B's first month offering a box, and I subscribed as soon as I found out about them. I signed up on December 8th, and my pouch was in my mailbox on December 14th. I imagine this being their first month, they shipped as people ordered - and as next months come they'll ship on a set date. Either way, that's pretty fast service!

I was totally taken aback when I saw this handwritten note in my box. Even being a new subscription, simple sentiments like this mean a lot and really show that a company is interested in the interest of their customer. I like it!

1. Etude House Moistful Collagen Kit (2pcs)
These samples come from a line that I've been looking at for my skincare routine during the winter months. We received the"facial freshener" - which is like a moisturizing toner that can be applied with your hands or a cotton pad - and the "emulsion" - which is a nice thin facial lotion that I love for my oily skin type, because it's almost never too heavy feeling.
Freshener on left - emulsion on right.
Both samples have a light fresh scent that diminishes after application, and they leave my face feeling soft, smooth, and moisturized without adding on any oiliness. I'd definitely buy the full size of these for the harsh winter months.

2. The Face Shop Herb Day Cleansing Wipes
These came in a pack of 20 sheets which I think is a full size. These also have a refreshing scent (I can't quite describe it, but it's not a bad scent!) that doesn't seem to linger. In my opinion, these have the perfect level of moisture - where they're not dripping wet but they're not so dry I have to add water either.
They remove a fair amount of my makeup but they need a little extra help removing my waterproof mascara. Overall not bad!

3. K-Palette 1 Day Magic Liquid Eyeliner
I love eyeliner, and I've heard good things about the brand "K-Palette" so I was very exited to try this out! The tip is very fine but flexible like a brush.

You can see on the "Chic" that I wrote more with the side of the pen, that it's thicker but not as dense as the writing with the tip.
This is quickly becoming my favorite liner. It dries and sets very quickly without smudging.

4. Nature Republic Nail Polish
This is a nice reddish-orange color which I have none of, and I've never tried an Asian brand of nail polish either, so this was super exciting for me as well!
One Coat.
Two coats.
This polish has excellent shine, dries quickly, and looks smooth and beautiful. I feel like I've been missing out all these years, I hope we get to try more nail polish like this in the future!

Overall, this was an awesome first month with 3B, and I highly recommend them. This month was filled with new products I've never tried before, but were easily incorporated into my beauty routine. You can find out more about 3B and sign up by visiting their website.

Disclaimer: The Glitter Chic blog purchased the product(s) mentioned in this post for the purpose of review and evaluation. No monetary compensation was received for this post. This blog contains affiliate links. 

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