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3B Box K-Beauty Subscription Box Review – January 2017

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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: $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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This month’s box contains all face masks! This is the first time I have seen an all mask box from them.

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23.5N Rice Soothing Gel Mask Mini 20 ml – Value $6

This is a clear, bouncy gel from Taiwanese brand 23.5N that “soothes dull and problematic skin.” It contains Vitamin B1, B2, and ceramide. This mini contains 6 uses. I like the bouncy consistency and how it feels weightless on the skin for the duration of my wear. After washing the mask off, my face is soft, plump, and hydrated.

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Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask – Value $4

This anti-aging sheet mask apparently contains a full bottle of Hada Labo’s anti-aging serum. This formula aims to boost hydration, smooth lines, and restore firmness to the skin. There is no fragrance and the mask fit is nice. When fully absorbed, the essence leaves skin plump, soft, and brightened. There is minimal residual tackiness.

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For Beloved Girl Extreme Moisture Sheet Mask – Value $3

This is a mask from new-to-me Taiwanese brand, For Beloved Girl. It contains hyaluronic acid, sodium PCA, and sodium lactate to lock in moisture and create glowing skin. The mask is made of a very thin material and fits like second skin, which I like a lot. My face looks plump and even-toned after use. The essence takes a while to fully absorb into the skin. When dried, it still feels slightly tacky to the touch. While I don’t like the tacky residue, I like the mask fit and the results, so I would totally use this mask again.

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Wei Beauty Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask 8 ml – Value $5

This mud mask is so unique. It has the consistency of chocolate pudding; it looks and smells like pudding too. The formula helps to deeply cleanse and remove dead skin cells for a refreshed, clear complexion. Only a thin layer is needed to cover the whole face, so this sample should last me 3-4 uses. The mask leaves skin very soft and smooth afterward. I couldn’t stop touching my face while admiring how soft it was! Also, it does not dry the skin out after use. I have tried many face masks before but this formula is definitely unique.

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SkinRx MadeCera Express Sheet Mask – Value $6

SkinRx is a new Korean brand for me. This mask contains naturally-fermented ceramide and Madecassoside, which helps soothe, heal, and regenerate damaged skin. The mask material is on the thicker side but mask fit is great. The milky essence does a great job of hydrating the skin and locking in all that moisture. It leaves a noticeable layer of residue after use, but thankfully the residue isn’t too tacky.

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Maskeraide Weather Warrior Sheet Mask – Value $7

Maskeraide is a Canadian skincare brand that takes inspiration from Korean beauty. This mask contains argan oil and helps to calm, soothe, heal, hydrate, and brighten the skin. The mask fit is average, and the material is on the thicker side so it doesn’t adhere to the contours of my face as well as I’d like. I detect minimal fragrance, which is good for more sensitive noses. The milky essence is definitely hydrating and helps soothe the redness on my cheeks. However, it does not absorb quickly and leaves my face tacky afterwards.

Verdict: I have mixed feelings. I like masks, so this month was fun to explore. My favorite discovery is the Wei Beauty mud mask. The total value is $31, which is more than twice the cost of the subscription. That said, I don’t know how I would feel about another mask-only box from 3B Box in the future. There’s more risk involved in curating only one type of product. There were 4 sheet masks and 2 wash-off masks this month. If you’re not a fan of sheet masks, then most of this box would have been a miss. Additionally, I’m so used to receiving a variety of products from 3B that this month felt like a curveball. Overall, while I enjoyed the items, I prefer their usual curation style.

What do you think of this month’s 3B Box?

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.

5 Comments

  1. I was pretty excited about receiving all masks but I hope it won’t be an ongoing trend for 3B as I enjoy receiving a mix of everything. The Wei mud mask is amazing. I’ve been using it for a few years after sampling it from Birchbox. I’m just sad that when they changed the packaging, the pods got smaller and the price went up.

  2. I’m not a sheet mask fan. I don’t need more moisture

    • However – I loved the Wei mud mask

  3. I LOVE masks and was almost out of sheet masks when this arrived so I’m thrilled!! I wouldn’t mind them doing this 2-3 times per year.

  4. I really disliked the For Beloved Girl sheet mask because it was so difficult to unfold and place on my face. The material was so thin that it seemed to get caught up in itself. I wouldn’t choose to buy that one in the future. However, I’m really excited to try the non-sheet masks! Especially the mud mask one! I feel like I see a greater difference in my skin with wash-off masks than sheets…though I do like both kinds. Thanks for your helpful insight!

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