What: The 3b Box (short for Beyond Beauty Borders) contains 4-5 deluxe or full-sized beauty samples that are new or popular in Asia
When: Ships during the first half of each month
Cost: $12 per month (free shipping!)
Yup, I'm ready for my next K-(J-?)beauty fix. Ever since Memebox started breaking my wallet I've cut down maaajorly on Korean skincare. Then I heard about how affordable 3b Box was and the great value you get for your money. After months and months of being waitlisted, I finally got my first taste last month (it was awesome, but would have been suuuper awesome if it weren't for the rose-scented hand cream). This is my second month with 3b and I'm excited to see what's inside!
Holika Holika Good Cera Ultra Toner & Emulsion (sample value: ~$3) - Good news: including both a toner and eumulsion from a brand is very thoughtful. Bad news: make sure consumers can actually get the samples out of the bottles. These are tiny hard plastic vials with an even tinier opening so that when you invert the container nothing comes out unless you bash it on your hand 20 times. Thankfully, you really don't need that much product. The toner is thicker than what you'll find from most US brands - it's more moisturizing and less alcohol-y than their US counterparts (in fact there's no alcohol in here). Both the toner and emulsion contain ceramide and ricola extract to help lock in moisture and all you need is a few dabs to cover your face.
DHC a-Arbutin White Mask (single mask value: $4.50) - DHC is a well-known Japanese skincare brand with a US subsidiary so you know what that means...shipping is cheap! This sheet mask uses a-arbutin, mulberry, peony, and the amino acid serine to fight skin damage and boost collagen production. And the cutest part is that this mask is shaped like a piggy! FUN.
If you want to get fun animal-shaped masks and cosmetics, jump on the waitlist as soon as you can because the wait can be pretty long. It took me five months to get off, though I think the wait might be a lot shorter now. I didn't get charged until I got off the waitlist, so you'll have plenty of time to change your mind after signing up.
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