I really have a lot of product right now, but I like to keep up with popular products and new trends ~ that is where The 3B Box comes in ~ I have found that they have really improved this year and if you are looking for an Asian beauty box subscription that contains deluxe size products with a full sized item now and then, this sub is for you ~ they don’t just do K-Beauty, so you will get Taiwanese and Japanese skincare products too. What is 3B (Beauty Beyond Borders)? It is an Asian sample monthly subscription box and is very affordable at $14.00/monthly ~ if you sign up for a longer subscription, you can save more money. It is similar to ipsy and Birchbox, where you get 4 to 5 deluxe samples (and sometimes a full sized item!)
More about 3B’s monthly service:
Each box contains a collection of deluxe samples that are new or popular in Asia but hard to get your hands on. The products will change each month, and you’ll get to try new skincare, haircare, nailcare, and cosmetic products. Sample products range from go-to brands such as Lioele, Etude House and Skinfood to high-end premium brands like SK-II, Kanebo, and Sulwhasoo. Don’t worry about not being able to read Japanese or Korean – we’ve got you covered with English translations of descriptions in each box. (https://the3bbox.com/the-box/)
The 3B Box has an online shop now! You can purchase full size AND deluxe sized samples ~ in case you missed out on a sample or you just want to try it. Check it out!
La’dor Damage Protector Acid Shampoo I have tried this pH balanced shampoo before and whereas I used it, I didn’t repurchase. However, I am always happy to get shampoos, as I use them like crazy. I will reblog my original review here:
This is a normal looking, slightly yellowish shampoo, that does smell like baby powder to me. It is a generic scent and I really do not have strong feelings for it one way or another ~ it is lightly scented, so that is probably why. If this had been strongly baby powder scented, I would have been very displeased! I use both the shampoo and conditioning treatment once or twice a week, as they are very rich and moisturizing. This has a good lather and I feel it works okay for me. It isn’t the most exciting shampoo in the world and I won’t repurchase when I am done with it. A key ingredient to this shampoo is
Argan Oil , which comes from a tree that is found in southwestern Morocco. Damaged hair, especially hair that has been colored, benefits from argan oil ~ it helps make hair shine, prevent fly-aways (frizzies) and also protects hair from being damaged further. Your hair is made up of proteins, fats (lipid), water, melanin and one of the main proteins is keratin, of which is responsible for 65 to 95 percent of your hair weight. Keratin gives your hair elasticity, shape and strength. When Argan oil is introduced to your hair, it will help reduce the protein loss to your hair, due to the oleic and linoleic acids found in argan oil. Studies have shown that the introduction of argan oil will help reduce damage to your hair, especially damage caused by coloring. (source from Scientific Research, Journal of Cosmetics, Dermatological Sciences and Applications)
As some of the Lador products have a pH rating for them and it is clearly printed on the containers, I decided to do a pH test on those particular hair care products. This test is not for your actual hair, as your hair is just dead cells, but more for your scalp. The Damage Protector Acid Shampoo claims that it has a pH of 4.5 ~ I dipped my strip directly into the shampoo, undiluted, and came up with a pH level closer to 5. Again, this is not an exact science for me, as these are strips you can purchase at amazon and anyone can do this, but I do feel that my results is within Lador’s claim of pH 4.5. Full Size 150 mL RV $10.00
Description: Protect your tresses with this special care shampoo. We love that it cleans hair effectively without stripping it of its natural oils. This shampoo contains argan oil, one of our favorite hero ingredients containing Vitamin A and E to hydrate and nourish your hair leaving you with amazing soft and smooth hair while protecting it from heat damage and split ends.
Ingredients (from Hwahae): water, sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate, lauramide DEA, cocamidopropyl betaine, polyquaterium-10, climbazole, citric acid, methylisothiazolinone, disodium EDTA, yellow 5 (CI 19140), argania spinosa kernel oil, fragrance cosDNA analysis
When 10:00PM Facial Sheet Mask When is really making the rounds lately ~ they seem to be on a campaign spree! I like When masks and have reviewed a couple of them. If you are interested in the overall performance of When masks, you can read my review on similar When masks here. All When masks are bio-cellulose sheet masks and are made from fermented coconut juice ~ which is produced by Acetobacter xylinum bacteria (bacterial cellulose) and are more effective and eco-friendly compared to fabric or hydrogel masks. When masks are proven to hold significant amounts of essence, hug close to your skin and are gentle. All of their masks are individually packaged, vegan, gluten free and they do not contain parabens, sulfates or triclosan. All When masks contain hyaluronic acid and ginseng extracts to help keep skin healthy. The total content of phenoxyethanol is less than 0.05%. All masks are “made in full compliance with Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council, and are committed to safety and quality.” 10:00PM mask to a hydrating mask for skin that feels tired, dry and to help with fine lines and wrinkles. RV $7.00
Description: This sheet mask is formulated with all-natural sheet made from coconuts. It is infused with an intensely hydrating, gentle, lightweight serum containing watermelon extracts, which are rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, lycopene, and amino acids. Hydrolyzed collagen helps skin hold on to moisture to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid protects and hydrates, and ginseng extracts keep skin looking and feeling healthy.
Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Grandis Seed Extract, Bambusa Textilis Stem Extract, Pinus Palustris Leaf Extract, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Soluble Collagen, Colloidal Platinum, Ginsenosides, Citrullus Lanatus Fruit Extract, Hydolyzed Collagen, Fragrance, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil cosDNA analysis
It’s Skin Todak Todak Egg & Apple Pore Pack hahaha ~ this is another product that I have used and I love it, so I guess this is one of those times where I don’t mind getting a small pod of it. I used to own this in a full sized tube, but that is long gone. Here is my original review:
This is a smooth mint green colored wash off mask pack that has some clay ingredients (kaolin, bentonite, Moraccan lava clay) to help absorb oils, clean out your pores and detox your skin. It contains apple extracts, full of antioxidants and will hydrate and brighten your skin tone. Egg (albumen) which helps reduce the appearance of your pores, reduce oil and reduce fine lines and wrinkles, as it high in collagen, 69 different proteins and vitamin A . It also is loaded with glycerin to moisture and allantoin, which is an anti-inflammatory and helps soothe any skin irritations. It has a refreshingly light apple scent, not heavy and is a very smooth and creamy mask pack.
It never quite dries completely on your skin within the 10 ~ 15 minutes it is on your skin ~ unless you have thinly, and I mean, thinly, applied it. It should still be moist to the touch, which is actually good. If you leave your clay masks on too long, they will start to suck out moisture from your face and actually cause irritation. I like this little mask pack that smells like apples and has the benefits of a creamy clay mask. If you have this product hanging around your home, you should give it a try!
1 pod 10 mL RV $3.00
Ingredients: water, kaolin, bentonite, glycerin, titanium dioxide (CI 77891), stearic acid, cetearyl alcohol, pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract, albumen (egg) extract, glyceryl stearate SE, Moroccan lava clay, cetyl ethylhexanoate, magnesium aluminum silicate, allantoin, butylene glycol, triethanolamine, xanthan gum, disodium EDTA, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparabnen, isobutylparaben, propylparaben, fragrance, chromium oxide greens (CI 77288) iron oxides (CI 77492) cosDNA analysis
Etude House Moistfull Collagen Deep Cream This is Etude House’s latest addition to their popular Moistfull Collagen line. Okay, I am going to admit I will say this is the one product I dislike the most. The Moistfull line is one that really doesn’t work for me, as it leaves a greasy film on my face. It is too rich, too thick for my oily skin. In fact, most “collagen” creams are ~ they make me break out. Moistfull Collagen Deep Cream contains 49% of Super Collagen Water (Hydrolyzed Collagen), so I know this is already a no-no for me. What is strange is that their normal Moistfull Collagen Cream has more collagen ~ almost 65%, yet this one is called “deep cream”. Weird, huh? This is a nice sized sample, for those who like this series and I would say that the Moistfull line is really designed for dry skin. Deluxe Size 10 mL RV $2.91
Description: Small Super Collagen water particles in the Moistfull cream always keep your skin hydrated and leave your skin feeling like jelly. While this cream is soft, its contact on your skin is firm and hydrates your skin all day, leaving your skin healthy.
Ingredients: Hydrolyzed Collagen, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Glycerin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Trehalose, Jojoba Esters, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, PEG-40 Stearate, Phytosteryl/Behenyl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Adansonia Digitata Fruit Extract, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Alcohol, Water, Kaolin, Palmitic Acid, Poloxamer 407, Polysorbate 20, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, PEG-100 Stearate, Phytantriol, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance cosDNA analysis
Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion This was the spoiler this month and I AM SO excited over this product! This is a Taiwanese brand and it is a toner ~ I guess both Japan and Taiwan call toners “lotions”. This is an scentless product ~ at least to me ~ It contains hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, also known as hyalo-oligo, which has a lower molecular size than HA and “is produced by fermentation method with streptococcus zooepidemicus… It is highly purified and has excellent stability. Its high water binding property will give skin … proper moisture to prevent them from drying and its excellent tissue affinity and penetration capacity exercises lubricating effect.” (source). Laminaria Japonica (kelp) rounds off this toner and this is a detoxing ingredient, full of iodine and over 70 minerals. Kelp contains alginic acid, which will help absorb toxins, such as heavy metals, from your skin. They also mention an ingredient called tornare and I had to DIG down into my Google Skills and find out that tornare is TREHALOSE ~ which supplies concentrated moisture to your skin and helps retain moisture, preventing your skin from drying out. Why couldn’t they just say trehalose, as that is what the ingredients list has? haha I am pretty excited to try this toner out! Sample Size 30 mL RV $2.91
Description: Toning is important not only to remove any residue from your cleansers but also to restore your skins pH balance so its ready to absorb other products you layer on. This toner is from a favorite Taiwanese brand, Neogence, and helps with flaky, irritated, sensitive and acne prone skin. Hyaluronic acid and tornare keeps your skin hydrated for up to 24 hours.
Ingredients: Aqua, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, PPG-3-Laureth-9, Glycosyl Trehalose, Allantoin, Chlorphenesin, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, o-Cymen-5-OL, Propylene Glycol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Isononyl Isononanoate, Fragrance, Panthenol, Sorbitol, Carboxymethyl Chitin, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Hyaluronic Acid cosDNA analysis
Despite with some repeat products (for me, not that 3B sent me dups), I am really happy with my 3B box this month ~ La’dor is probably new to many people and the shampoo works well and is low pH, It’s Skin Todak Todak pore pack is a nice creamy apple-clay pack that many people will probably love. When has better coconut masks than Leaders, in my opinion, so I am happy to get this in here. I am swooning over Neogence and I cannot wait to incorporate this in my skincare! The only dud for me is Etude House but that is because I have oily skin ~ I give props to 3B for adding the newer product in that line. I think this is a fun box this month ~ I paid $12.00 for this and received a RV of almost $26.00 ~ which is amazing!
Did you receive The 3B box this month? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below! If you are interested in subscribing to The 3B Box, you can get a free bonus item in your first 3B box if you sign up for a 6 or 12 month plan and using promo code UNBOXINGBEAUTY.
[ descriptions in italics from linked product website ]