Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The 3B Box April 2016 Review

This subscription is focused on Asian beauty products. 3B stands for Beauty Beyond Borders and the goal is to introduce you to Korean, Japanese and Taiwanese beauty and makeup products. After becoming hooked on Kbeauty via Memebox a few years ago, I've taken steps to improve my skincare routine and also started paying a lot more attention to what's in the stuff I slather on my face. It was a good realization to come to, understanding that a lot of expensive products contain very cheap and often useless ingredients touted to be miracle workers. Thanks to Korean beauty, I learned that a moisturizer does NOT have to be expensive to be effective. In fact, some of the most affordable products do a much better job than name-brand, exorbitantly priced products.

3B is here to offer you a taste of the full skincare regimen than many Asian women adhere to. You'll get samples of all kinds of things, even some you may not have heard of before. It's a lot of fun to experiment and since this subscription is so reasonably priced, it's hard to resist.

The Cost: $12/month

What You Get: 4-5 beauty samples with some full size items from the best and most popular Asian brands.

Benton Honest Cleansing Foam- This is a creamy cleanser that foams up once you ad water. It's best for normal to oily skin and I have to admit that this is not my favorite. However, I'm a firm believer in trying something before writing it off, so do eeet!

It's Skin Color Play Powder Eyeshadow- This is a satin finish eyeshadow by it's Skin. I hate to admit that I don't prefer it's Skin for it's makeup but moreso for it's skincare. They've got some great serums. But I'm not big into makeup so I'm a little biased.
Too Cool For School Egg Mellow Cream- This brand is quite popular and it's famous for it's adorable packaging and artwork. This cream is a moisturizer with glycerin. If you look it up on Amazon you'll see that there is some girl who does not know what she is talking about saying that there is a "whitening chemical" in this product. She also says that she's "afraid" of putting chemicals on her face. I can only assume she is young but I don't like the fact that she's spreading mis-information. She apparently doesn't know what chemicals are. And she doesn't know that "whitening" in the majority of cases in skincare from Korea, actually  means "brightening." If you have a product that says whitening on it, it will mean that there is an ingredient that works to even out your skintone. That means it gets rid of dark spots, working on the areas of your skin that are over producing. Those ingredients can be niacinamide, arginine, vitamin C, arbutin and possibly licorice root (the jury is still out on whether licorice root really works). So tell me, who's afraid of vitamin c? It's a chemical. It works wonders for your skin. Don't be afraid of it. I wanted to refute her comments but I didn't see a way. Darn it. /end rant
Botanic Farm Natural Energy Rice Mask- After you wash your face and swipe on your toner, slap a sheet mask on! Moisturizing is so important no matter what your skin type. You can be prone to oily skin but still have dehydrated parched skin. Want real glow that doesn't have to do with oil? Moisturize! I love sheet masks although this is not one I would use. I have ridiculously dry skin and this mask has alcohol in it which tends to dry my skin out even further. If you've got oily skin, I doubt you'll have issues.

Lador Sleeping Clinic Ampoule- Lador is making a name for itself in hair care. Girls like Tracy over at swear by it. Since I managed to bleach my hair more times than I should have, I've been slathering on all kinds of conditioners to help it out. This goes in after you towel off your hair. Blow dry or air dry before sleeping. Totally using this!

VERDICT: I still think that if you're a beginner and you're looking for some staple products and brands from Asian beauty and skincare houses, this is a great way to go. It's affordable and tends to send really good items. Since I'm sort of on skincare overload and I have a pretty big collection of Asian beauty, it's not super relevent to me but if you're new, I do recommend 3B.

If you'd like to sign up for 3B, you can do that here. They're still working on a wait list, so get your name on. They'll send you an email when your turn comes and you'll have another chance to decide whether you really want it or not.

Does anyone have any idea how long the waitlist is taking?


  1. hmmm...While I had to cancel the vast majority of my subscriptions after breaking up with my fiance and splitting our assets (wahhh) I honestly don't think I'm missing too much with this one. I do agree with you that it's still a great, affordable way for kbeauty newbies to test out new products without breaking the bank or getting overloaded with brands and info and types of products etc, but I don't think it's a subscription that many kbeauty veterans would benefit much from.'s an inexpensive thrill if one is interested in getting a little surprise in the mail each month, which you know we all love! ;)

    1. Haha! Yah, we do have an addiction to surprises, don't we? :D I'm sad you had to cancel your subscriptions (and, of course, make a huge, life-changing decision regarding your relationship). Which did you keep? Just ones you had already prepaid?

      3B definitely is more for a newbie. Most of these things have already passed through my hands or are sitting on my shelf but I've been in this for awhile. As you know... ;)