Thursday, March 12, 2015

The 3B Box March 2015 ~ Beauty Beyond Borders Asian Beauty Subscription

The 3B Box is an Asian beauty subscription designed to give you a taste of all that Eastern beauty has to offer.  You'll find Taiwanese, Korean and Japanese skincare and makeup in each box.  It's an excellent way to dip your toe in the waters of new, exotic and fun brands that are not easily found here in the US.

I'm still surprised by how many full size items show up in these bags and I'm always pleased with the brands represented.  The curation has been excellent and I'm so glad I was able to subscribe before they went on a waitlist due to extreme popularity.

The Cost: $12/month

What You Get: Five deluxe size Asian beauty samples from Korea, Taiwan and Japan.

Sulwhasoo Essential Balancing Emulsion-  On the information card provided, there are two listings for Sulwhasoo.  One is the Balancing Emulsion and one is the Balancing Water, I received two Emulions but I don't mind.
The Essential Balancing Water is a gel-toner that you use after cleansing to help restore your pH and provide moisture.
The Essential Balancing Emulsion is a light moisturizer that uses peony extracts to improve radiance. The card suggests using the emulsion after the water but I generally use emulsions after my essences and serums and before my heavier, everyday moisturizer.
I love the inclusion of Sulwhasoo, it's a luxe brand.  The only thing I don't like is this type of sample. These little containers make it hard to get the goodies out.  I know they're very, very common though and many Asian brands use this type of bottle for their samples.

Too Cool For School Pumpkin Sleeping Pack- Speaking of containers, this is a funny one but I have to admit that I will be able to get every last drop out of this squeezy pack!  Its a sleeping mask, designed to be worn thickly applied on your face overnight.  Don't get it in your eyes! Wash it off in the morning.  You don't have to apply it as thickly as possible if you don't want to. You can use these are a regular moisturizer, too.  I don't like getting my pillow cases all yucky so I tend to apply this a few hours before bed and either remove it before sleeping or rub in as much as I can and then wipe my face (not washing, just wiping excess) before I hop in.
I love seeing Too Cool For School!! Even Memebox doesn't put much TCFS in their boxes.  I hope we get more samples from this brand.
Holika Holika Daily Garden Olive Lip and Eye Remover-  I always think its funny how these tend to never say the work "makeup" in their title.  Obviously youre not removing your lips and eyes but still! Shake this up to mix the oil into the rest of the solution, then use a cotton pad to remove your make up in a pressing motion.  You can hold it for 15 seconds or so to get the stubborn stuff if you need to.
I'm pretty sure this is a full size product.  It's 100ml and is a huge deluxe size if it's not full size.  I can't use this because it's got lavender in it but I love, love, love the inclusion.  And that it has English igredients listed.  Plus, it's Holika Holika which is such a cornerstone of Korean beauty.

Holika Holika Juicy Shine Lip Balm in Raspberry- This is a super shiny tinted lip balm.  It smells wonderfully like raspberry and I feel like it tastes like raspberry, too.  It's a pretty sheer pink and is barely sticky.  I love lip balms and this packaging is so cute!  I adore the polka dots.  This is another full size item, too.  I don't know how they do it!

VERDICT:  Another fabulous box by The 3B Box!  Honestly, I'm so thrilled about my subscription. It's my kbeauty Birchbox, only better.  They've got great brands and a great variety of products as well.  The brand variation in this particular box is a little limited but I don't even care because I'm so impressed with the content.

If you'd like to sign up for The 3B Box, head to their website at  They're currently on a waitlist (although people are being moved off each month, it's a little slow) so get your name on it.  This is only their fourth month and they're killing it!  I love this box.

They don't currently ship internationally but they would like to do so.  If you are international and want 3B to ship to your country, contact them and tell them!  They want to know where you are.

Speaking of kbeauty!  Make sure you enter my Hydration Essentials Bag Giveaway with Beauteque! It's curated by me and while it's already sold out, you have a chance to win one of your own!  I will be shipping INTERNATIONALLY so everyone has a chance to get their hands on the last one available!


  1. Any idea how long the wait list is for this box?

    1. It looks like a lot of people from January got off the list for the March box this month. So it seems like it's 2 months (2 boxes) right now.