Monthly Archives: December 2014

Review: Tony Moly Red Appletox Honey Cream

The lowest price on Ebay: $10.93 & FREE Shipping | Buy Now

 
Hi everyone! I hope you all had a Merry Christmas with your family 🙂 I’m still waiting on a few packages (as well as a really interesting oil.. stay tuned!) so I figured I’d go to a faithful product for a holiday-themed review.
 
This review is for the Tony Moly Red Appletox Honey Cream. I purchased this from Ebay for $8.85 (with $2.08 off).
 
For Americans and Canadians, it is also available at Urban Outfitters, but with a hefty mark-up.



I first purchased this product in early 2014 and have since repurchased it two more times. I’ll admit, I only really bought it because I thought it looked cute! I bought mine from Amazon because of the two day shipping. I recently went on an international trip to Jordan and only took a tablespoon’s worth to wear on the plane. My face turned into absolute chaos while I was gone without it. Lesson learned.


Here is a list of ingredients, thanks to Linlinhime, a fellow blogger. For more information on what each product does, click the link in the ingredients list.

Water, glycerin, butylene glycol, ethanol, cyclomethicone, sodium polyacrylate, cyclopentasiloxane, apple, sodium hyaluronate, sunflower oil, propolis extract, honey, royal jelly extract, soluble collagen, gingko biloba leaf extract, allantoin, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Palmitic Acid, Sorbitol, Malic Acid, Penoxyethanol, Trideceth-6, Methylparaben, PEG/PPG-18/18-dimethicone, carbomer, triethanol, amine, fragrance, propylparaben, disodium EDTA, HC yellow no. 4 *, HC yellow no. 5*, C12-16 alcohol – Kahime on COSDNA 


 
The product is the size of a medium-large apple. It has a slight yellowing by the green stem (important to note; Tony Moly has a hand cream that lacks the yellowing up top). According to Pretty and Cute,


Tonymoly Red Apple Tox Honey Cream contains Manuka Honey extract from the wild trees of New Zealand that provide an immunity and anti-bacterial effect. Royal Jelly extract cools down skin troubles, making it good for sensitive skin. Black honey is rich in minerals and amino-acid, which nourishes and moisturizes skin. Apple acid ingredients smoothes skin while Propolis provides anti-oxidants. Sticky texture relaxes the muscle membrane to give elasticity. Directions: Apply appropriate amount to face, tap slightly until absorbed completely. Used as cream usually, use 1 to 2 times a week, provide elasticity to skin. 

 

Benefits:

  • Anti-bacterial
  • Acne care
  • Nourishes
  • Mositurizes [sic]
  • Smoothes
  • Anti-oxidant

On a scientific level, Manuka Honey is being studied to see its effects on wound treatment, though more research must be done (source), so it’s interesting to see it implemented in this product.

The Apple opened up. It holds 80 mL of product.



The product itself is contained in the lower portion of the apple. Upon removing the lid, there is a plastic white seal with the company logo pushed out. It also comes with a spatula, so your fingers don’t have to dip into the cream.

 
The cream is very sticky and thick, and therefore only requires a little bit to cover your entire face. It also smells like apples and honey, which is delightful. The cream has a buttery yellow color, and is sticky like honey, but not quite as viscous.
 
I use this mainly in my night routine, as it is a bit too sticky and thick for the day; my hair would be sticking to my face every time the wind blew!
 
It is important to note, however, that this product claims to be an AHA. As AHAs work at pHs of 3-4, and this product has a pH of ~5.5 (self tested, see below), it is not effective as one. Oh well!
 
 
 
It is usually the last product I use – before using this, I use Laneige’s Water Bank Sleeping Pack. It is the complete opposite of this product – it has a gel-like consistency and leaves my skin rather fast. Immediately after using Laneige’s Sleeping pack, I use this to seal it all in. I will note that I stay up for at least 30 minutes after applying this, because I don’t want it to rub off on my pillows.
 
When I wake up, I feel remnants of it on my skin, which I wash off with water. My skin then has a glow to it for the rest of the day, and my face feels moisturized and very soft.
 
There are no dramatic changes I could hope to show you, as my skin doesn’t look dewy or amazing afterwards – it looks healthy. Before applying these products, my skin just looks dry in certain areas, so I hope you’ll forgive the lack of normal before-and-after photos.
 
I tried my best to show it on my hand – I abstained from using an indie body lotion that I’m obsessed with because I wanted to show my dry winter skin. If you look closely, you can see white lines.



 
The after picture is kind of bad, but after peeking at the skin beside the black line, the white lines are still prevalent on the left, but not as much on the right. 6 hours later, after washing my hands and helping around the house, that area still looks better.
 
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Smell: Apples and honey – fresh and subtle, dies down after a few minutes.
Appearance: Butter yellow cream.
Texture: A bit runnier than honey. Not as viscous.
Value: Listed earlier; the prices range from $8-$15. I think it’s a good deal, unless I find something better. Even then, though, this is too good to pass up.
 
 
LIKES:
 Moisturizing
– Acts as a great sleeping pack
– Smell is nice, not too strong
 
DISLIKES:
– Very sticky. I don’t have a problem with it, but if you do, avoid it.
– Unhygienic without spatula
 
 
OVERALL RATING: ☆/ 8 out of 10
 
It comes in cute packaging, and this product has helped my skin retain moisture. During these winter months (even in Florida) it’s pretty dry, and my face seems brighter and smoother, though it is really sticky. Though it claims to have an active AHA working on your skin, it is inactive due to the pH – AHAs function best at low, acidic pHs (think 3-4) whereas the Tony Moly Appletox is about 5.5. I feel like some PIH I’ve had is fading because of this, but only by a little bit, so it’s not a miracle worker.
 
*Another important thing to note is the presence of dyes in this product. I have read up on them, so I use this product regularly. If you have sensitive skin, or are concerned about the use of dyes in your products, do some research! 🙂
 
 
Would I Buy This Again?
 
 I will keep buying it until I find something that’s better. As of right now, though, this is one of my holy grail products. It’s a good price, easily available, and works well. I really can’t complain.
 
 
Where to Buy Tony Moly Red Appletox Honey Cream?

 

I could find the lowest price ($10.93 & FREE Shipping) on Ebay.

 

►►►►► Buy with Ebay ◄◄◄◄◄

 

What do you think? Let me know!
 
I hope you all have a Happy New Year!

Indie Review: Flawlessyou on Etsy – a must read for Indie lovers!

Even though this is my first post about Indie products, and it could have been dedicated to the amazing companies of the Indie world, I’d like to take a second and tell you exactly what you shouldn’t expect from a small business by giving you a real-life example.

 
Just so I can get this out there, this is not my experience, just my version as a third-party member, watching the events unfold on reddit. If you wanna buy from FlawlessYou on Etsy (or Flawless You), go ahead. I, however, will not.


The Etsy conversations were directly provided by the buyer, who put the pictures on imgur. The black and white pictures of reddit were my own.
 
 
Everything started with this post…
 
If you’d like to read the rest, it can be found here!
… where the buyer expressed discontent with the store. This kind of thing is encouraged, as people want to know the highs and lows of every business. Too long of a shipping time? Buyer drew you a yeti (no, seriously…) on your invoice? They wanna know.
 
So the buyer leaves a detailed review, explaining why she is rating the seller 2 stars. If you’re not into reading the whole thing, that’s okay too – I’ll give you a cheat sheet.
 
  • Buyer (let’s call her D) purchases from Etsy shop Flawlessyou on 11/18. 
  • Flawlessyou owner creates shipping label same day. Never updates.
  • D leaves a review telling her side of the story. In this review, she states:
    • Quality of product can’t be commented on, as it was a gift.
    • Order was RECEIVED 12/16
    • D had to follow up with seller.
      • 11/18 – Flawlessyou owner makes shipping label.
      • 11/30 – D asks about status.
      • 12/1 – Flawlessyou owner says she will look into package and get back to D before 12/3.
      • 12/3 – No follow-up message.
      • 12/5 – D sends another message, Flawlessyou owner replies, saying that the package didn’t move through postal system (lost?) so owner would remake/repackage products and send them out. 
      • 12/11 – D asks about tracking number status on new shipment.
      • 12/12 – USPS scans package in.
 
    • All in all, D leaves a 2-star review.
      • One star subtracted – length of time it took to receive order.
      • One star subtracted – Needing to follow up with owner.
      • One star subtracted – D took one off because it seemed that the owner was blaming USPS for processing order errors rather than owning up to it.
Now, since there were two items that D purchased, they count for two reviews. D therefore left two 2-star reviews.
 
 
The owner responded, saying:

Another person that expects a small Etsy store to run like a huge department chain. I mailed her order originally but as I told her, multiple times, the post office lost/did not process about 10 orders that I dropped in one batch. I don’t know why but I kept this buyer up to date on everything, I even offered a full refund but as has been the case with a few others, this buyer preferred to play Scrooge than communicate to me. She preferred to leave a bad feedback, than tell me she wanted a refund. People like this are really starting to get to me emotionally. I make my products and I manage my store from my heart…it’s a passion not a business and whenever I get one of these “wonderful” people that would rather be hurtful instead of getting the issue corrected…it makes me cry.



It doesn’t take a Bachelor’s in Psychology to realize that the owner of Flawlessyou is dodging responsibility. Nowhere in that statement could it possibly be her fault, so instead, she begins to attack the customer. We would hope that this is where everything ended, but then there would be no point to this analysis.


So then D gets a message on Etsy.

 

 

 

And the best part of this is that you’d THINK it ends here. Not at all.


Flawlessyou’s owner finds the subreddit AND the ‘brand experiences’ board (basically a place where people can list out their experiences with companies). D made a forum to talk about Flawlessyou and the owner went on and apparently rebutted everything D said. (Now I don’t want to get in trouble, so I’m not going to say it for sure 100% absolutely was the owner. I will, however, note similarities of syntax, speech, and use of ellipses, so you can draw your own conclusions.) Not only that, but allegedly, the owner then went on that subreddit and directly started replying to comments that were downvoted. Here’s a glimpse of what was written; most of the comments went against the rules of the subreddit, so they were deleted. They still show up in the user profile, so I’ll write the deleted remarks in the captioned part.

“First of all, you all are calling me a nut job when it’s this lady who has gone out of her way to harm me…so I was right about her. She has some type of GOD complex or something and has no respect for the feelings of others.

 

Secondly, interactions…you can delete different parts of it so she can pretty much list any interaction that is convenient for her argument.

 

Thirdly, I have had the postal system mess with my orders so many times, that I save my labels in batches on my hard drive by dates. That way even if it is past the two weeks period…heck, I have international orders that I’ve had to resend after a month…I can still go back and if the label has not gone through the postal system…as was the case with this “wonderful” lady, I can reprint it and use the same label again.

 

Fourth, the ingredients for all my products are on my website which I happily give to anyone that wants the ingredients before, during or after a purchase.Lastly, the only reason I contacted this PERSON after she left her review was because in the review she stated that she was going to come back to my store and order more product…I’m sorry….but she has some nerve.

 

You bash a store and then your going to come back and order more products from it…I don’t need that kind of client and I wanted to make sure if she thinks she had the cojones big enough to do that, I was not going to tolerate that kind of disrespect of my store.

 

Listen…you all have jumped to conclusions based on what a real nut job went out of her way to do…she not only left bad feedback without trying the products…she continued her bad feedback from one review to the other PLUS she then takes additional time to post this rant.Thank you for your time and may you all have a Happy Holiday!”


“You are crazy aren’t you? You bash me and I’m going to apologize plus give you the opportunity to bash me again…nah…my father didn’t raise no puss. If you would have contacted me before you left the reviews we could have worked something out but you are insane if you think I’m going to invite you back to my store after you’ve been an all out witch!”

If it makes you feel any better, the writer of the above posts then went and complained about how mods suck and how they take sides in a different subreddit. The pity party was soon derailed by a bystander.

 





What can we take from this?


All small businesses aren’t equal. I’ve had stellar experiences where I want to purchase just because I look forward to the customer service (and the samples!) and I hope to never have an experience like this.


Before the new year, I’ll post an Intro to Indies, and what you can expect when browsing/purchasing from them – definitely NOT this though!


Even if this is a bit off-topic from the usual things I post, this is a good place to start, and I hope you’re excited to learn with me about happier, prettier, sparkly, smelly, gourmand-y, soapy, goodies!


Let me know what you think about this incident – do you think Flawlessyou was justified? Would you buy from them? Would you still want to try indies?




x


Rachel


PS: MERRY CHRISTMAS LOVELIES!

Christmas Time + Exciting News!

Hey everyone!


Christmas is almost a day away, so I hope you are enjoying it with your families!


I just wanted to announce…

that my website has changed! You may or may not have noticed, because it redirects automatically, but my website is now:



I’m over the moon about it!


I also wanted to thank Rebecca from helloprettybird.com for helping me with my Disclosure Page. It’s really nice having another blogger (one who is way more experienced) help out, and I am extremely thankful.


More than anything, I’d love to know – this Christmas, what are you wishing for?


x


R

December 3BBox Review

 
 
Hello again!
 
I received my 3BBox in the mail a few days ago, and I already want to share it with you all! As stated in my previous posts, Tracy from Fanserviced and I both received emails from 3BBox’s founder, sharing the news about the box. I thought her idea of buying from the company and experiencing the box as a customer was pretty cool, so I did the same. You can read the introductory post here and the interview I had with the founder, Ke Chen, here.


3BBox Details:
-$12, including shipping to the US
– 4-5 deluxe sample size products
– Website: thethreebbox.com

I signed up for this box on the 8th of December and received it on the 13th of December – it came super fast! Everything wasn’t a surprise for me since I saw Darien’s (Pico Prince) unboxing – I hate surprises so I was glad I saw what someone else got.
 
The whole shebang.


A postcard with instructions for the products

There were five items that came in this box (the EH had 2 samples). They were in a purple organza bag, which I really liked. I’m the opposite of a hoarder; it makes me nervous having too much of one thing. If I saw another makeup bag, I’d start to twitch. The hand-written note was a very sweet touch – it definitely made the boxes seem curated for my individual tastes, and as a consumer, closer to a brand.

  • Etude House Moistfull Collagen Kit (2 pcs)
  • The Face Shop Herb Day Cleansing Wipes
  • K-Palette 1 Day Magic Liquid Eyeliner
  • Nature Republic Nail Polish
Etude House Moistfull Collagen Kit

“This kit supplies much needed collagen and hydration to your complexion as we head into colder months

 

Freshner [sic] – Dispense toner onto cotton pad and gently wipe face after cleansing

 

Emulsion – Apply to skin and gently pat until absorbed. Follow with your favorite serum or cream as necessary”

 

I received two products – a facial freshener (toner) and an emulsion. They come in little orange bottles pictured above. I hate them with the passion of a thousand burning suns. It is ridiculously hard to get the product out of them.

The toner was really moisturizing – it has a pleasant scent that fades fast, and my skin felt plump afterwards. It has a very thin, gel-like consistency. It is more moisturizing than the Etude House Wonder Pore toner, that’s for sure. 

 
The emulsion was pretty sticky while it was sinking into my skin. It felt a little like Laneige’s Sleeping Pack, and the sticky feeling lingered on my skin for a few minutes. Afterwards, it felt a little heavy.


I’ve seen this product around, and I noticed that it was listed on the 3BBox website as a possible option, so I’m happy I got to try it. I do think it’s important to note that a 4 piece set sells on roseroseshop for $3.04 and is currently on sale for $2.13. Getting two pieces doesn’t seem like a steal.


The Face Shop Herb Day Cleansing Wipes

“A soft cleansing tissue that contains rosemary extracts along with other healing herbs. This product breaks down your facial makeup and gently cleans your skin without the harshness of most cleansing wipes. Use during your nighttime skincare routine or during the day for a quick facial refresher”



I don’t know how I ever made it through life without these. These smell awesome, feel awesome, and are resealable. This is the portable pack, so I’ll probably throw these into my school bag. Living in Florida makes you sweat like crazy, and if you’re not sweating glitter, it’s not fabulous.


I found them for $4.65 on Korea Depart.



K-Palette 1 Day Magic Liquid Eyeliner


“With an easy-to-use brush, this full-size liquid liner is waterproof, quick to dry, and easy to remove with your favorite makeup remover. We love using this liner to create the perfect cat eye look.”

 

I am an eyeliner fanatic. I’m constantly searching for a new one to throw in my bag or keep as a holy grail. I was a little surprised when I saw the general shape of it, because it reminded me a lot of Dolly Wink’s eyeliner. My hunch was correct – it is practically identical in terms of shape and style. In order to find out which one I liked most, I tested out all three – my Dolly Wink liner, The K-Palette liner, and a Western brand – Benefit They’re Real! Liner (which was tucked away into the back of my make-up drawer because I could never get the hang of it)

 


Comparing the sizes. Dolly Wink and K-Palette are identical, differing only in color scheme and design.
Top to Bottom: Benefit They’re Real! Liner, Dolly Wink, K-Palette.






Before.
Dry hand, three strokes.
L-R: K-Palette, Dolly Wink, Benefit

Picture 1:


After 10 minutes (allowing the strokes of liner to dry properly), I used Philosophy’s Purity cleanser and gently rubbed the liners. The K-Palette liner is fading a little bit, the Dolly Wink is on its way out, and Benefit is staying around.
 
Picture 2:
 
I rinsed the cleanser off with water and patted my hand dry with a paper towel.
 


Picture 3:

 
I wanted to test the effects of an OCM on these liners, so I poured baby oil over them. Nothing has been done in this picture.
 
Picture 4:
 
After 20 seconds of rubbing the oil in, all three liners have faded significantly. The only one that’s still hanging on is the K-Palette liner (and a smudge of Benefit, but let’s be honest – I won’t use that anyway).
 
Picture 5: 
 
I had to use ol’ faithful for this – my Su:m37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick. I wet the stick and then rubbed it onto my hand for about 5 seconds. I then rubbed in circular motions. Once again, the K-Palette is still hanging around after rubbing.
 
Picture 6: 
 
After washing thoroughly and patting my skin dry, everything came off.

 
 

I really like this product, and I think this made the entire box for me. It was definitely something I hadn’t heard about, and I was delighted to have tried it.


I found it on Amazon for $19.94.

Nature Republic Nail Polish in #10

“This iconic red-orange nail polish will look fabulous on your fingers and toes this winter. Its vivid color, gorgeous shine, and staying power will quickly make this a staple in your beauty bag.”

 

 I love this nail polish. The color isn’t true in this picture – it just barely isn’t orange, but it’s fantastic. I have it on my hands right now actually. Perfect for Christmas time or for summer.

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Love:


♥ K-Palette Eyeliner
♥ The Face Shop Wipes


Like:
♡ Nature Republic Nail Polish


Leave:
 – Etude House Moistfull Collagen Set (2 Pieces)


To be honest, I actually dislike subscription boxes. I feel like they’re really hit-or-miss sometimes, and I always talk myself out of getting them, since I could just order what I’m interested in. This box really was a delight to get. The value came mostly from the eyeliner and the wipes, as those are two items I can see myself stocking up on in the future. I don’t think I’ve ever run out of a bottle of nail polish, but I was lacking this color in my collection, so it’ll be nice to have. As for the Etude House set, as much as I want to like it, the bottles just dissuade me. After testing it that first time, I can’t bring myself to try it again, since I know how much of a hassle it’ll be to get the product out of the bottle.


I liked this box, so I’ll stay subscribed. I hope they give subscribers an option in the future to review their items and share their thoughts. It’s cheaper than Memebox and allows for the exploration of new products, so I’m excited to see what more 3BBox has in store.


x


Rachel



Interview with Ke Chen, Founder of the 3BBox

Hey there!

As promised, here is the interview I had with Ke Chen, founder of the 3BBox! If you’re wondering what the 3BBox is, it’s an Asian Beauty subscription box that sends out 4-5 deluxe samples of various popular products a month. For more information, check out the introduction post I made here!

Ke was kind enough to answer some questions (some from me and some from Reddit) which I thought was awesome. I hope this interview clears up some that you may have had!

What’s the story behind the company? What experiences shaped and guided you to create the 3B you know today?

3B is the product of a few friends, trips around the globe, and the vision of changing the way we discover beauty products overseas. Asia is a leader in skincare and cosmetic innovation but big companies like AmorePacific, Shu Uemura, and SK-II have yet to really entrench and penetrate the US market (not to mention smaller Asian brands). 3B aims to solve this problem. We let our customers trial, sample, and buy Asian beauty products at only $12/month.

On a more personal level, I’ve always been a huge fan of Asian beauty products and have had a fascination with them since my early teen years. Most of my favorite beauty products are from Asian companies (e.g. AmorePacific’s Enzyme Peel, Innisfree’s Olive Real serum, Heroine Make’s mascara, Shiseido’s eyelash curler, etc. The list goes on and on!) and it’s been an absolute dream to be able to share this passion with other beauty enthusiasts.


Since there are four-to-five deluxe sample options, would 3B allow for subscribers to customize their box? (By this I mean, in future boxes, would you allow subscribers to swap out one product for another?)

We currently do not offer the ability to create a customized box although we definitely understand the desire for one. Right now we’re really focused on making sure customers have a great experience with the boxes we’re curating for them. We love hearing your thoughts on how we could improve the experience. We will look at different forms of customization/personalization in the future.

 

 


Are there any plans to offer this subscription box to international customers (Canadians really want to know!)

Our passion is bringing beauty beyond borders. Right now that means we’re aiming to bring Asian beauty products to customers in the US. We are already hearing from fans in Canada and Europe which has been really exciting for us. For anyone outside the US that is interested in 3B, we would love to hear from you. Feel free to contact us here. We will also keep our fans updated on any market expansion plans through our Facebook page.



What brands can we expect to see in the near future?

Each box contains 4-5 deluxe beauty samples that are new or popular in Asia. These products will change each month and you’ll get to try new skincare, haircare, nailcare, and cosmetic products. Sample products can range from go-to brands like Lioele, Etude House, Laneige to high-end more premium brands like SK-II, AmorePacific, and Sulwhasoo.

Also when you sign up for our service you can let us know what brands you’d love to see in your 3B box. We read each submission and will work to make sure our customers are happy with their products each month.


Concerning the full-size section of the3bbox.com, I’m guessing that subscribers will be able to purchase products sent in boxes directly from your store. Will there be any sales, discounts, point systems, etc. for purchasing the product on your website?

We are passionate about the connection between samples and full-size purchases but are still working on ironing out the kinks with our partners. Please stay tuned for more information on full-size purchases.

 

Other Relevant Questions:
Will Paypal be an option in the future in order to purchase your box?

This is great feedback and we will look into adding Paypal as a potential payment option on our site.


When are boxes expected to ship each month? What is the cutoff to get that month’s box?

Right now we’re shipping a few times a month on designated days based on when you sign up. You should expect your second box around 30 days after your receive your first box. We’re actually only shipping a limited number of 3B boxes in this first round as we’re just getting off the ground (think of it like a beta to gauge customer interest and opportunity). This means every customer that signs up will receive a 3B box until we hit our cap. Once we hit our cap customers will be wait-listed.


Who is picking out what we get in each box?

What goes into each box is either hand-selected by the 3B team or is a cult favorite in Asia. Feel free to email us with suggestions of what you would like to see in your next 3B box!

3B Box: A New Subscription Box for Asian Beauty Goodies!

Hey there! (Two posts in one week, shocking!)

Today I received an email from the founder of 3B, a company that was just introduced in the United States, and the concept of an Asian Beauty box was brought up. Though I was offered a free sample box to review, I took a page from Tracy at fanserviced-b.com’s book and started a subscription. Reviewing as a customer rather than as a ‘blogger who received a product’ would be more credible, and I’ll be honest: I’m all about the samples.

Let’s talk a little about the company, the website, and the best part: the goodies inside each box!


The Company

This is what Ke, the founder, has to say about 3B:

We just officially launched in the US last week! 3B is a monthly subscription service that delivers a box of Asian beauty deluxe samples directly to our customers. For only $12 a month, subscribers will get a curated box of our favorite Asian beauty samples. Sample products range from go-to brands such as Lioele, Etude House and Shu Uemura to high-end premium brands like SK-II, Amore Pacific, and Sulwhasoo.  We are committed to fundamentally changing the way people discover and shop for beauty products that are available overseas.”

From the website, their primary mission is to eliminate borders and barriers that people have when buying beauty products. I think this is a fantastic goal, especially because popular products are often hard to find online (can you say Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick?). Feel free to read more here.


The Website

I don’t know much about coding, HTML, or website design, but the3bbox.com looks really awesome. It makes me feel like it’s a counter-part to Birchbox – it’s easy to navigate and looks pretty snazzy!

Home Page

 

‘Our Story’ – About the company


Another point I will make is the ease of signing up for a subscription. It took me 10 minutes to sign up, and 9 of those minutes were because I was debating on whether to anger my boyfriend’s cat, who was comfy and cozy laying on my wallet. This website does not accept Paypal at this time, so be aware of that. Also, for Canadian AB lovers, it doesn’t look like it’s offered there. 🙁 sorry! When signing up, they also ask you about 3 brands that you’d like to try or see more of: if you’re gung-ho for one company, you can put it down and they can consider it for future boxes. After signing up, I received an email that acknowledged my subscription, but had neither charged me (edit 12/9: I was charged!) nor listed a shipping date (edit 12/10: Received a shipping notification at 12:24 pm EST. The email says it’ll be here in 5 business days!).

Signing up for a subscription


In order to unsubscribe, you have to email the company. This is pretty standard with companies like Julep, Birchbox, and Ipsy, so no complaints on my end. 

There is also a page that says ‘Coming Soon!’, where you can buy full-size products that you really like – just like Birchbox, so it doubles as a store and a sample sender. I like.


The Goodies

Since the 3 B box is $12, you can expect 4-5 deluxe sample sized items with both skincare and cosmetic items. How cool is that?! $12? That’s half the price of a Memebox and it includes shipping! Another thing I like is that it’s not 100% sheet masks, which I’m not a fan of (not the sheet mask part, the sheer amount that I would receive!). 3B has currently released some possible treats that may be in the first box, shown below.

Samples as of December 2014


The reason I’m dead-set on trying this box is because of the brands they showcase on their webpage – they offer samples of SK-II, Boscia, Innisfree, and tons of other companies I’ve never tried.

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Facts:
  • The website is found here: the3bbox.com
  • $12 a month (including shipping!)
  • 4-5 deluxe sample-sized items
  • Variety of cosmetic and skincare-related items will be offered
Thoughts:

 

 
I wonder if the company will offer any level of customization for their products. BB creams don’t work for me unless they’re the darkest shade, and even then, they don’t normally work. I’d like to see an option to swap out a product or something, but I understand if that wasn’t enacted. I’m sure it would require a lot more effort.
 
I also wonder if it is only limited to skincare and cosmetics. Will jewelry ever be part of it? Rings and bracelets seem to be featured in the background of their home page, and I’d be a little disappointed to receive those without notice.
 
Make sure you stay tuned – tomorrow, I’ll release an interview with the founder of the company that may answer some of your questions!
 
 
What about you? Would you pay $12 to try this subscription service? What would you like to see in your box? Let me know!
 
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Details on my absence + Future of The Beauty Barre

Hey guys.


It’s been a really, REALLY long time since I’ve updated this blog. There would be some days where I would type out half reviews and then delete them, because I would ask myself who would read it. Question if what I was doing was for the best.


I kind of viewed myself as a failure as a blogger. In a lot of aspects of my life, I felt that I was failing, and this was one of them.


I thought that having a lot of sponsors meant success.


I thought that reviewing a product every week meant success.


I thought that being a blogger meant that you had to have beautiful skin in order to showcase a product’s true efficacy.


So in my time away from blogging, I concentrated on the things that made me happy. I took a really good look at the people around me and what they stood for, and I noticed I wasn’t really being myself around them.


I started from square one. I started figuring out what my interests were. I started learning about new interests.


For example, I learned I really love indie products. I learned how to press my own shadows, what a binder is, and entered some pretty cool swaps with some pretty cool people. Made my first purchases. Through finding this other interest and reading from bloggers in the Indie spectrum, I kind of came to some conclusions about my so-called failures. I have some ideas that I’d like to toss your way.


1. I thought that having a lot of sponsors meant success.


More than anything, I dislike having sponsors because it puts me on timelines to review things, and I don’t want to be influenced at all by what people give me. It’s not a non-biased study if someone gives you stuff for free. 


What I’m thinking of doing is placing ads in the webpage. Yeah, it sucks. I know. But I have the Adblock extension, and I don’t mind if you do too. I can use the money from blogging on new Asian beauty products instead of being potentially influenced.


2. I thought that reviewing a product every week meant success.


There s a really big reason that people advocate patch testing over long periods of time, and rushing it isn’t gonna work for me. Unless it’s make up. In which case, test all the things.


3. I thought that being a blogger meant that you had to have beautiful skin in order to showcase a product’s true efficacy.


Well, this one was the hardest for me to deal with. My skin isn’t as nice as it used to be pre-Benton. It’s smoothed out, which is nice, but I still have some dark marks that I can’t wait to get rid of. I’m a little sensitive about my skin since the whole ordeal, but I think it can only get better from here.




Lastly, I just want to thank everyone that reads this blog. I was amazed after looking at the stats on the total number of visitors. It’s almost been a year now that I’ve had this blog. I WILL be doing a giveaway for the anniversary, so stay tuned for that.


Love you all.

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TL;DR:


1. Would you mind if I nixed sponsors and placed ads on the website? The money would go towards trying new products and reviewing them instead of accepting products from sponsors. I currently have it up, as of the 5th of December, just to gauge opinion.


2. Would you mind if I on occasion put up an indie product spotlight?


3. Let me know how you all are doing! 🙂