Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Meikoko BCDation May 2015 Asian Beauty Subscription Box Review

This review is for the brand new Meikoko BCDation subscription box. It's all about Asian beauty.

As you know, I'm sorta hooked on Kbeauty. Not that it's the only thing I use but I really do like the general approach to skincare. Effective ingredients, an absence of unneccessary additives and a less is more so that "less" better be good type of thing. At least, that's how it appears to me and those are the things I look for.
This BCDation box offers an opportunity to test some products, especially BB creams and get to know the brands and skincare routines a little better. Every box will include one full size product, one sheet mask, 2-3 deluxe samples and 3-4 foil samples. The BCDation box will also always contain one BB or CC cream for you to try out.

The Cost: $16.99/month

What You Get: Every month you'll receive one BB or CC cream, at least one full size product, 2-3 deluxe size products and some samples all dedicated to expanding your kbeauty collection.
There was no information card explaining the products (or how to use them) which hopefully will be remedied in future boxes. For people new to Asian beauty that kind of thing is essential. However, there was a card explaining BB, CC and Cushion Compacts. Kbeauty 101, indeed! :D
Skinfood Good Afternoon Peach Green Tea SPF 20 BB Cream-30g- This is an oil controlling, skin mattifying BB cream. I will tell you right now that I was prepared to hate it. I squirted some out and it looked so orange I almost gave up right then. I'm glad I didn't. It smoothed perfectly on my skin like it was made for it. It *is* mattifying which is something I highly prefer over the "glow" so many would rather have.
The real test will come tomorrow when I wear it all day but so far, I'm very impressed. It also smell divine. Peach, of course. Oh, and this appears to be #2 Natural Beige. Since I normally would have gone for the #1 Light Beige I'm even more surprised it works so well for me. Maybe I got a tan from gardening?
Value: $10

The Face Shop Lovely:Me Ex Dessert Lip Balm in Strawberry- This came in a little jute bag that said Hello on it. I'm not sure if it's part of the box or if it's because I was one of the first subscribers. I think for now (since I have no idea) I'm going to count it as part of the box.
It's adorable. You flip up the chocolate lid and there's a little spoon thing in there. Then you unscrew the pink part from the glass jar and voila! Strawberry lip gloss! It smells strawberry(ish) and although it's ridiculously cute, the whole applying gloss with a spoon nubby is awkward. The gloss itself is pretty moisturizing but sticky.
Value: $9
Laneige Water Bank Essence-10ml- I haven't tried a whole lot of Laneige. Just the Pore Cleansing Oil which I love and the Sleeping Pack which was just okay. So I'll have to test this out. It's a nice 10ml deluxe sample with a pump so that's awesome.

Missha Super Aqua Ultra water-full Control Emulsion-Contains Aqua-STEM to moisturize and control skin balance for clear, hydrated skin. Features the Triplex Aqua System which locks, absorbs, and stores moisture energy for 24 hour hydration.
Hmm, now that sounds interesting. Another new thing for me to try!

Skinfood My Short Cake Liquid Eyeliner- A black liquid liner. This is also a full size item. I really want to open this and try it but I've already got a liquid one I'm using and I don't want this one to dry out in the meantime. I know they like to do that.
Value: $4
Holika Holika Juicy Mask Sheet in Aloe- Not my favorite  mask but I know I'm picky. Holika Holika is a brand with super cute packaging and some good skincare.
Value: $2

Then there are a couple samples of Missha Time Revolution Cream, Etude House Collagen Moistfull cream and Nature Republic Super Origin CC cream (which I'm totally trying).

VERDICT: I'm very happy with this inaugural Meikoko BCDation box. The value is around $25 which, while not spectacular, is something I've come to expect with boxes containing imported goods. Plus this is a new, small company embarking on a new subscription box adventure. I'm very satisfied with this first box. It worked out that the Skinfood BB cream worked so well for me. I don't think I would have loved the box as much if that hadn't happened. But it does make me curious about how they will accommodate skin tones/colors in these boxes. I can't remember if when I signed up it asked me or not. My big problem is that 99 out of 100 BB creams are too dark for me.

So, I'm staying subscribed because this is pretty fun. And I'm interested to see how the second box will vary from the first.

If you want to sign up, head to www.meikoko.com and get your name in. I believe you'll start with the June box and they ship on the 15th of the month.

16 comments:

  1. I had to laugh , when you said that the bb cremes are mostly to dark for you, I have the opposite problem :D So I'm using foundation on them :D
    I love korean beauty boxes *_* their products are sweet and effective :)

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    1. Haha! With the fascination with whitening, you really would think everyone would have the same problem you do. But I admit, I'm pretty fair and with pink undertones, all that yellow tends to look pretty garish on me. So maybe it's more the yellow thats the problem, than the dark... Hm...

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    2. It's the very strong and harsh yellow/ orange undertones that are a problem for me. Most Anglo- Saxon Americans have more of a neutral toned base to their skin than the Asian BB creams deliver.

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    3. I think this is a very fun K- beauty box and I will be subscribing. I just wish I could get THIS very box. :)
      Amanda

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  2. Ahhh Sarah you're killing me. I'm trying to do a 60 day no buy. Do subs count? I don't count them, I mean I only have 10-12 I think, I need another. Right? I think that sending out skin specific shades is a mistake unless its a cc which corrects to your skin tone. This doesn't look bad though but maybe with my 150+ Memeboxes I don't need this. 😳

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    1. Subs count unless you don't count them :D You probably don't NEED it but I felt it was a fun way to check out what someone else thinks is worth going in a box. And for $17... I couldn't not do it. But we'll see how it goes. I'm still subscribed and will continue reviewing them so you can get a better idea of what to expect. If you want to wait. But I know that FOMO is real :D

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  3. I just placed my order for this subscription. It's all because of your great review!!
    I've asked to get the May box that you're showing. :)
    You are the Queen of Subscription Box Bloggers. Agree with Krystyn above- I have over 100 Memeboxes as yet unopened.. I can never get too much great K- skin care though. :)
    Amanda

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    1. They did comment on my Instagram post that the May box was sold out when someone else inquired about it but I'm pretty excited about this. I'm SO interested about what will be in the June box. Maybe they'll have a CC cream :D

      Haha! Thank you! I think there are a lot of great subscription box bloggers out there and while the box is the same, the personalities are different and that makes it fun. I totally read other peoples box reviews. :) Also, you need to crack those Memeboxes open and start looking at dates! If you don't want to swap or sell what you won't use, you could donate to a womens shelter (sometimes they can be picky about beauty products but it's always thoughtful to offer, just in case). Those old Memeboxes are the good ones, too!

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  4. Ooh I need to try that Skinfood BB cream! I usually stay away from them because I hate that dewy look they give, too. My skin is already too oily, but a matte one would be great!

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    1. Matte ones are not easy to find. It seems like "dewy" is where it's at these days but I will always prefer a matte face than a shiny one. You should hunt it down and see what you think!

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  5. Ohhh more competition! Since Memebox is out of the picture, I see more Asian subs sprouting like mushrooms after the rain. :)

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    1. Yes, we just need more than ship internationally though :D

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  6. Hi, Sarah,
    I'm signed up for the June box, but I went ahead and ordered the Skinfood BB cream from Amazon ( at a nice discount from a US seller) due to your review that your skin didn't look like an oil slick after applying it.
    I also heeded your color choice recommendation as most BB and CC creams make me look like a gray ghost. ( I am fair skinned, but don't want to look fairly dead).
    Amanda

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    1. It is nice that BB creams tend to be so inexpensive. I hope it works for you. I still like it although by the end of the day, it tends to have worn off. But I have been spending quite a bit of time in the sun so that might have something to do with it.
      I forgot to tell you I received the Honey Cleanser you mentioned and I really like it! I'm so glad said something about it. It's so gentle and leaves my skin remarkably soft. It's definitely my new favorite non oil cleanser. I had to toss a bunch more Korean foaming cleansers and I didn't feel so bad about it because I had the Wild Naturals one. I've had zero issues since I started using it. :D

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  7. This box seems like it has potential. Sending BB cream in a random beauty box seems like it would have a high disappointment factor though... so many people aren't going to match it.

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    1. I agree. I wouldn't have liked this box as much if I'd hated the BB Cream. However, it seems like they are taking the feedback pretty well. I'm curious about how the second box will stand up.

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