When I got my February box I was feeling the creative juices, so I actually went ahead and tried a bunch of the products in here right away. Read on for pictures and a full description!
As usual, this came in a box:
It’s a draw-string bag that Beauteque also likes to use as well:
You can see there was no extra padding or anything.
Here are the contents:
The instruction card has the list of products and short description on the back.
Before launching in, I’ll just post a reminder of what my rating scale looks like in both cute kitty expressions and in writing:
- ABSOLUTE FAIL. Would not repurchase.
- Meh. Not horrible, but not that good either.
- Hmmm. That’s interesting and I like it enough to use it all.
- Ooohhh. I definitely like this.
- WOW. This stuff is great! *.*
- I LOVE THIS. HOLY GRAIL STATUS!!
I’ve actually using up a bottle of this before, a tad more than a year ago, I think. I’m glad to have received a sample of it to see if I like it as much as I did then, now that I’ve tried a few others since.
I like the sample bottle this comes in, because the small opening at the top ensures that I don’t dump too much of it by mistake into my hand.
It feels rich, but it’s not that thick – still very runny in my hands, of course.
Here’s a quick demo of how it dissolved my makeup:
I didn’t use anything waterproof, but it took off my Jordana mascara & eyeliner , Wet N Wild lash primer, and Maybelline foundation & powder very easily and with minimal effort – I was actually surprised about how little I had to rub this in around my eyes.
It felt nice, didn’t really have a scent at all, turned into an emulsion with water very easily and washed off cleanly. My skin felt moisturized afterwards.
I still think this is a great cleansing oil, no-frills that always will do its job. I would definitely repurchase this one in the future if I’m not sure which one to go for. Very dependable – I’d give this one a 4/6 for reaching all my expectations and doing everything it’s supposed to do, but not being anything exciting/special! I do like this cleansing oil and would recommend it, but it’s pretty plain I suppose – the curse of being a dependable product, perhaps?
I liked that they sent me a 30mL tube of this. When I opened the cap though, I noted that some of it had spilled onto the inside of the cap, probably due to transit.
I went into this feeling a bit skeptical, because I’m very picky with my foaming cleansers. They usually tend to have higher pH’s and if they’re anything above pH 5.5, I toss them out because it makes my skin feel squeaky and strips my oils.
I was pleasantly surprised by this! I thought I wasn’t going to like it since most foaming cleansers feel stripping on my skin, but this one left my skin soft to the touch and did not feel stripped at all! My skin felt like when I used to use my old Hada Labo Gokyujun Foaming Cleanser, which has a great pH. This got me curious, so I broke out my pH strips and found out that this cleanser has a pH of 6, roughly! Hmmm! Well, it’s a tad higher than I would usually go (I don’t like to venture above 5.5), but it does seems to make my skin feel soft and doesn’t strip it… I’ll keep using it for now to see how it goes.
It smelled lightly of roses and it was one of those subtle, expensive-smelling rose scents, if you know what I mean. This did feel like a luxury product – it glistened on my hand when I swatched it, and the texture is hard to describe… it’s almost emollient to the touch, almost creamy-feeling… I really like the texture, and it did foam up a little bit, but not overly so. Perhaps that’s why it doesn’t strip the skin? I’m fairly certain that I read somewhere that the more a cleanser foams up, the more it disturbs the skin’s moisture barrier and strips the oils away; I think the more bubbles there are, the more surfactant is able to break up your oils.
The foam created by lathering this on my face was very minor, but still satisfying and washed away cleanly. It left my skin feeling very soft and smooth, which I really liked! I would definitely consider purchasing the full size of this in the future – I give this a 4/6. I took off a point for – again, like the Wei Beauty Liquid Milk – not being super easy to purchase online, and another for the higher price point. It’s worth it, though, if you’re willing to pay more for a cleanser! I consider affordability a huge factor in whether it’s worth it for me, personally, though.
I’ll be honest – I was pretty disappointed that this was included in the box. I stay away from pore strips because they pull out sebaceous filaments along with blackheads, which shouldn’t be pulled out because that widens your pores further and can create scar tissue. Pore strips are just terrible for your pores and do the opposite of shrinking them.
However, after a deep sigh of disappointment, I felt compelled to actually try this one, since I’d paid for it, essentially. Usually I get pore strips for free every time I order from Jolse, but I just give those away and I don’t feel bad about it since they were free. This time was different, unfortunately.
Here’s my nose before all the havoc wreaked upon it by these nose strips (sorry about the horrible bathroom lighting):
The first step involved putting a gel-like nose patch on that would “loosen up” my blackheads. I’m not really sure it did much of anything except make my skin feel tingly… it kind of felt like a burning sensation, to be honest. Not pleasant.
After removing it, I was supposed to “wipe away” the sebum and loose gunk with a Q-tip, which I did accordingly:
I did see some stuff actually popping up a bit over the tops of my pores, so I was a tad surprised, but when I used a Q-tip to wipe it away I didn’t really see any difference. I think it was just sebaceous filaments. I don’t usually get blackheads, so this is really just not something that’s necessary. I’ve come to terms with how my sebaceous filaments look and that’s all you can do pretty much, except for AHA use.
Ahem, anyway. Then, the second step involved the actual abomination-of-a-pore-strip:
As you can see, it didn’t really take much of anything off my nose even though I followed the instructions. It told me to leave it on for 10-15 mins – I left it on for 12 minutes. Still, pretty much nothing came off and I felt like it had ripped the top layer of skin cells off my poor nose. Not to mention that some of the stuff on the pore strip was left on my nose:
The pore strip residue came off easily with water, luckily. Then, the third step in this whole torture session was another gel-like strip that was supposed to “tighten” my pores. Yeah… right. I didn’t notice any difference other than my nose being extremely irritated with me. Sorry, nose.
Needless to say, this gets a score of Hell-No-Never-Again, so in other words, a 1/6. I should really give this a score of -6 for being horrible for your skin, though. Just don’t buy this. I sure won’t! Even if you happen to like pore strips, this one just didn’t seem to work. I know it didn’t work right, because I’ve seen the sebaceous filaments being pulled out by other people’s nose strips or masks or what-not, and this didn’t pull anything out of my nose.
On a brighter note, I did enjoy this one:
The only thing that I was sad about was that it came in a tiny little 5mL tube that vomited a bit of the precious cream when I took the cap off. Noooo!!
Ah well. Here’s what the cream looks like:
It’s an emollient cream that spreads and absorbs very well and leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized. It does have a stronger floral scent though – not everyone will like it. Even I, who loves good fragrances, thought this was a bit much. It did dissipate after absorption, though, so that’s good. Also, once I saw the ingredients list, I knew immediately why I liked the feel of this cream so much:
Aqua, Glycerine, Butylene, Glycol, Betaine, Niacinamide 1, 2-Hexanediol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, C14-28 Alkyl Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Arachidyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Cyclopentasiloxane, Diisostearyl Malate, Ceramide 3, PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycereth-20, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycosyl Trehalose, Panthenol, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Lanolin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Polysorbate 60, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Asiaticoside, Madecassic Acid, Asiatic Acid, Adenosine, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Madecassoside, Fragrance
I put certain ingredients that I know and love in bold! I am a huge fan of Lanolin, as it’s the major ingredient of my HG chapstick (DHC Lip Cream).
Click here if you’d like to see the full analysis of these ingredients over at CosDNA.
I did feel like this helped moisturize my skin and my skin felt extra-soft this morning. I would probably purchase this in the future if I caught it on sale somewhere! I’d give this a 4/6, taking a point off for the fragrance and another for the price.
I was surprised to find out that it’s being sold at Urban Outfitters, as I’d never heard of this brand before. Maybe I’m just living under a rock! I suppose I have seen the packaging typical of this brand somewhere online though, as it does feel familiar to me. You can also find this being sold at FreePeople.com, MochiBeaute.com, and I’ve also seen it on Amazon and eBay.
The last thing included in this box was the My Beauty Diary Squalene Restorative Mask:
I’ve actually tried this one before while I was in Taiwan and I liked it enough – it was hydrating and made my skin look more plump in the morning, but it wasn’t a miracle mask and not as good as the Benton Snail Bee mask was for my skin. So, I’d give this one a 4/6 for being hydrating and plumping but not life-changing or interesting enough for me to repurchase. If you guys still want me to put up a full review of this with pictures, just let me know in the comments and I shall!
Overall, I think this 3B Box was more disappointing than the last because of the pore strips. Still, I will continue to enjoy the DHC cleansing oil and the Wei Beauty foaming cleanser, plus the tiny little tube of cream. The mask is fine, but I have a lot of masks and it’s not a very special one, although it is still good.
This time, I just keep thinking of all the things I could have gotten off Jolse for $15 instead of this 3B box – this box just wasn’t worth it to me since I would never buy nose strips and I’ve already tried the cleansing oil and the mask before. Still… I’ll see if March brings better news before I decide whether to pull the plug on this subscription!
Hope this was helpful; I had fun trying the products out and torturing myself for you guys! I really, really hope they don’t include pore strips every again… I swear, if they do I’m unsubscribing, haha! Thanks for reading! ❤