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3B Box K-Beauty Subscription Box Review – December 2016

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3B Box (AKA Beauty Beyond Borders) is a monthly subscription box that helps you discover popular Asian beauty products. 3B believes that “finding your perfect product shouldn’t be limited to what country you live in or what language you speak.”

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Beauty Beyond Borders carries full-size products in their shop so you can purchase what you love from your box. They also offer 6 and 12-month subscription plans as well as gifting options.

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The Subscription Box: 3B Box

The Cost: Starting this month, $15 per month for the monthly plan, $14 per month for the 6-month plan, and $12 per month for the annual plan. Free shipping.

The Products: 4-5 sample- and full-size Asian beauty products

Ships to: the U.S. only

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Each month comes with an info card detailing the month’s selection.

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Manyo Factory Herb Green Cleansing Oil 20 ml – Value $3

This cleansing oil contains tea tree, almond, jojoba, sage, rosemary leaf, lavender, and green tea seed oil! It’s strongly scented (smells mostly of tea tree to me) but I love how it takes off my makeup with ease. It emulsifies quickly with water, leaving my skin perfectly clean with zero oiliness. Just a small amount is needed, too, so the sample lasts for a while.

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V10 Plus Skin Perfecting Serum 2 ml samples – Total Value $39.20

V10 Plus is a Japanese skincare brand that’s new to me! They offer a line of serums that are formulated to address specific skincare concerns. All serums are made in Japan and free of parabens, artificial color, or chemical fragrances. Full-sized 1-ounce bottles retail for $98, which gives the six samples a whopping $39.20 in total value. This is my version of liquid gold.

The formulation is different for each serum, but the general consistency is a lightweight watery gel. They are scentless, absorb into my skin quickly, and leave zero to minimal tackiness. I don’t foresee full-size bottles in my future, but I’ll definitely make the most of these foil packets.

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When The Last Choice Sheet Mask – Value $7

While When masks are on the pricier side, I definitely notice the difference in quality. This is a bio-cellulose mask, which is made of a thin, almost latex-like gel that adheres nicely on the face. It is protected by two films, so you have to peel those off before applying to the face. The essence feels slightly thicker than water and dries to a soft, matte finish. After use, my skin looks beautifully plump, soft, and bright! There is no sticky residue either, which is perfect.

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Wei Beauty Five Sacred Grains Rapid Glow Milk 1 oz – Value $7.16

I recognize the Wei brand but have never tried anything from them before. Therefore, I’m so happy 3B included this in their box! This “milk” is essentially a toner and essence in one. It contains their proprietary “Five Sacred Grains” complex made of rice, millet, sorghum, Job’s Tears, and black soybean to hydrate, soften, and brighten the skin. I use this after my toner as a light moisturizing layer, and it’s suitable for both day and night routines. I like how it absorbs quickly, leaving skin moist but smooth.

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CosRx Pimple Acne Master Patch – Value $4

Pimple patches have seriously changed my life. For the uninitiated, these are hydrocolloid bandages specially cut into various sizes perfect for placing on top of cystic acne. They are great for decreasing the severity of inflamed bumps and absorbing pus from open acne wounds. I have a habit of touching my face, especially pimples (I know, it’s terrible), so not only do patches suck out yucky pimple stuff, but they also keep me from exacerbating my acne.

Verdict: Upon first glance, the box didn’t seem like much, but this is one of my favorite months to date. I was very happy with every item, especially the Manyo Factory cleansing oil and When sheet mask. The total value is $60.36, which is largely due to the pricey V10 Plus samples. Not accounting for the samples, the total value is still more than the cost of the box. I think 3B Box has definitely stepped up their game in terms of sending new and unique products. I’m excited to see what else is in store.

What do you think of 3B Box? What’s your favorite item?

Written by Nancy Su

Nancy Su

Nancy used to be a Candy Crush addict but then she became addicted to subscription boxes instead. Now she has a particular interest in Korean/Asian beauty after seeing the wonders it has done to her skin. She’s constantly in search of new lippies, skincare, and tasty international snacks.

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

7 Comments

  1. I need this in my life…

  2. If I sign up today, will this be the box I receive?

    • Hi Anna, you can email them to double check but it should be the January box!

  3. Those patches are the real deal! We got some from Memebox and they were game changers for the big cystic acne. They even turn white when they’re done sucking out all the gunk, making it that much easier (you can sleep with them on). LOVE them.

  4. I loved the December box! I’m so glad I resubscribed (for a deal where I got October free when I signed up for the November box, I think) and then forgot to cancel… All 3 have been great but Dec definitely rocked especially those pimple patches! I have dry skin but get a few monthly whiteheads and also have a bad habit of picking at them. Right now I’m planning to keep my 3b sub active and will buy more pimple patches when I run out – I mainly use them at night and pimples are almost gone in the morning.

    • I couldn’t find the patches locally but was able to get them from Amazon for about the same price and free shipping. I have prime.

  5. Lol what are Job’s Tears? 😝 I think I have plenty of those.

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