I’m a big fan of beauty boxes and love discovering new subscription services which offer something a little different from the norm and the most recent box service I’ve had the pleasure of trying is the Beauty Beyond Borders – The 3B Box which is an Asian Beauty Box. I really like Asian beauty products as they’re always a little more quirkier than mainstream beauty brands and I really enjoyed the MeMeBox but they stopped shipping to the UK which was very disappointing so I’m crossing my fingers that Beauty Beyond Borders begin to ship to the UK – they have an international waitlist for non US residents. I have a couple of the The 3B Box’s recent curations to show you today to give you an idea of what’s included in their boxes..
How does The 3B Box Work?
- Join 3B and receive a box containing a curated pouch of deluxe Asian Beauty samples for just $12 per month. Brands featured within the box could include the likes of Lioele, Etude House and Skinfood to high-end premium brands like SK-II, Kanebo, and Sulwhasoo. Each box contains products which are hand picked by the Beauty Beyond Borders team and they will always include a card with English instructions on how to use each product too which is great.
- As the concept is quite new, Beauty Beyond Borders will be creating a shop feature within their website which allows you to purchase full sizes of the products featured within the box so if you fall in love with one of the deluxe samples, you’ll be able to get your hands on the full size.
The first curation I have is the Skingredient 101: Honey box which included four samples and one full size products, and I believe it’s the September box.
Firstly we have a 5ml sample of the Etude House Honey Cera Eye Serum which contains hero ingredients such as honey, ceramide, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide to nourish, firm, hydrate and brighten the eye area. I’ve only used it a couple of times so far but I really like it as it’s a lightweight serum which absorbs quickly without leaving behind any residue so it’s ideal for the mornings prior to applying your eye makeup. The other item is from the same Honey range from Etude House and is their Honey Cera Cream 10ml, and is designed for those with normal to dry skin for a boost of hydration and I’ve enjoyed applying a slightly thicker layer and leave it on to absorb like a moisturising face mask.
Then we have a 7ml sample of the Heimish All Clean Balm which is a solid cleansing balm that transforms into oil upon contact with the skin. Described as having a ‘sherbet’ effects in that it dissolves your makeup whilst moisturising your skin at the same time and it contains natural ingredients such as shea butter, botanical oil and coconut extract – and is free from parabens, artificial fragrances and colouring. Next up is a 7ml sample of the Skin79 Super Plus Triple Function BB Cream which is a product I’ve heard so much about over the years. It contains sebum controlling ingredients such as kava and purslane extract so it’s ideal for those with combination skin, and claims to offer medium to full coverage with an SPF of 35. When first applied the BB Cream has a grey colour to it which morphs into a warm beige shade on contact with the skin which sadly is too dark for me which is such a shame, as the consistency is really nice and lightweight for a BB Cream.
The box contained one full size product; the Welcos Kwailnara Aloe Vera Moisture Real Soothing Gel which is an Aloe Vera Gel made with 98% organic Aloe Vera, Cucumber Extract, and Vitamin E to soothe sensitive, irritated skin and the gel can be used as a moisturiser. I am already a big lover of aloe vera and it’s multi uses especially as I have super sensitive skin so I’m always willing to have backup aloe vera products in my stash.
The second curation I got was the May edition which contained brands I’d never tried before which was exciting with an emphasis on sachets.
The first item in the box is the Leaders Brightening Recovery Mask which is a premium coconut gel mask containing telangyn and niacinamide to even out the skintone and restore radiance. I really like using sheet masks as they’re so much more relaxing and soothing on the skin in my opinion. I’ve never heard of a coconut gel mask before so I can’t wait to try this as I’ve read some rave reviews online.
The next item is a 10ml sample of the Skinfood Royal Honey Propolis Essence. Propolis extract is created by black bees and is known as nature’s antibiotic, and is an anti-inflammatory which is great for acne prone skin and is non-comedogenic. This essence contains 50% black bee propolis extract, 20% royal jelly extract and 10% royal black honey extract, and to use the essence Skinfood recommend applying 3-4 drops to the skin after toning. This is my favourite item in the box, it feels amazing on the skin and I would love the full size as I’m already hooked after just a couple of uses. Then we have a sachet packet of the Aritaum Fresh Power Essence Pouch Sleeping Pack which contains antioxidant rich honey, and is to be used at night before bed so you wake up in the morning with beautiful glowing skin.
The box contained five sachets of the Sulwhasoo Essential Firming Cream which contain Korean medicinal herbs that claim to help firm, tone, and stimulate collagen production. The cream contains Adlay Millet which detoxifies and promoted elasticity whilst pomegranate, green tea and ginkgo fight free radicals to maintain a youthful radiance and can be used in the morning and evening. Lastly there were three sachets of the Dewytree Blackhead Out Nose Patches which contain volcanic ash and charcoal extracts which work to clean out any clogged pores and remove blackheads. It’s a typical nose strip format in that you have to moisten it and apply to the nose, and let it dry before removal to clear the pores which I don’t like to use as my skin is so sensitive but I know they’re very effective.
Overall I think The 3B Box is such amazing value for the products you receive, especially as the brands featured aren’t products we can get our hands on easily and it allows us to try brands and products that we wouldn’t normally try. $12 is such a great price and I really, really hope they begin to ship to the UK as we love our beauty boxes here in the UK and I know their boxes would be loved by many as Asian Beauty is so popular. I’d love to know if you’ve tried any of these products or brands, and would you like to try this beauty box subscription? Beauty Beyond Borders kindly gave me a promotional code for my readers – by using the code MAKEUPMAGPIE, you’ll receive a bonus item in their first box (code valid for 30 days from the date this post went live)