What Is Next (W.I.N) Beauty Kit Review – February 2017
W.I.N (What Is Next) is a monthly subscription kit featuring innovative, premium quality Asian beauty and skincare products. Each month, new or popular products are carefully selected from countries such as Korea, Japan, and Taiwan to be featured in the kits. Each kit contains a selection of deluxe samples with at least one full sized item.
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The Subscription Box: W.I.N Beauty Kit
The Cost: $14 a month + free shipping
The Products: 5-6 samples with at least 1 full-sized item, plus a collectible bag
Ships to: U.S. only
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Each month’s kit comes with an info card.
I love the bag for this month! It’s different from previous months in terms of material and size. It has a faux leather exterior and soft fleece-like interior. There is one roomy compartment. The outside is likely water resistant but the inside is not. The bag can stand upright, which I really like. It also comes with a handy detachable strap so that I can use it as a clutch.
Welcos Aloe Vera Moisture Real Soothing Gel Mist 98% 4.2 oz – Value $1.51 USD
This is a soothing facial mist that contains 98% aloe vera leaf water. Aloe vera is great for soothing irritated skin. I’m in desperate need for soothing skincare right now because my skin has been cultivating angry red bumps for a couple weeks. This mist has a light aloe vera fragrance. The spray nozzle isn’t the best– rather than a consistent coverage of fine mist, I get an uneven coverage of little droplets. After fully absorbing into the skin, the mist feels slightly sticky to the touch. It also makes my face feel uncomfortably sticky and heavy sprayed over makeup. There is no soothing effect at all. Overall, the facial mist is lightly hydrating but that’s about it.
Secret Key Coconut Oil Lip Balm Never Dry 0.35 oz – Value $3.71
This lip balm contains coconut oil, cacao seed butter, and macadamia seed oil to keep lips healthy and moisturized. I’m of the opinion that one can never have enough lip balms. This one is perfect for intensive hydration and nourishment. It has a coconut candy fragrance. The consistency is like solid coconut oil. Due to the surprisingly thick formula, it’s a bit hard to squeeze out of the tube. The effort is worth it, though. The balm melts upon contact with my lips, and it’s not sticky at all. Overall, it performs very well and I’ll gladly use it up.
La’dor Perfect Fill Up Hair Ampoule 0.44 oz – Value $1.00
This is an intensive hair treatment ampoule that aims to repair and moisturize damaged hair. It contains keratin to strengthen, silk to moisturize, and collagen to soften the hair. The ampoule needs to be mixed with water in a 1-to-1 ratio. When mixed, the liquid ampoule transforms into a thick, creamy, conditioner-like paste. I apply it to clean, damp hair as an alternative to conditioner and leave it on for 20 minutes. The thick, sweet fragrance is almost too much for my senses. However, I’m able to overlook that because most of the fragrance disappears after washing off the ampoule. After blow drying my hair, the strands are soft, clean, hydrated, and glossy! The treatment doesn’t weigh my hair down at all. In fact, I notice more bounce to it than usual. That said, I have generally strong, healthy hair, so any damage-repairing effects are likely lost on me.
Too Cool For School Pumpkin Sleeping Pack samples – Value $0.50?
I’ve heard lots of good things about this sleeping pack, so imagine my excitement when I saw these packets in the box! The sleeping pack contains pumpkin extract and bromelain to exfoliate skin, licorice root oil to soothe inflammation, and hyaluronic acid to moisturize and protect the skin. Each sample packet contains enough for multiple uses. My ideal formula is one that’s lightweight and watery but still packs a moisturizing punch. The Pumpkin Sleeping Pack does just that. It has a lightweight, gel-cream consistency that melts like water into the skin without being greasy. It has a light, pleasant fragrance as well. In the morning, my face feels super soft and hydrated. This is one of the best sleeping packs I’ve ever tried.
Goodal Water Full Sheet Mask in Firming – Value $2.36
Goodal is a great Korean skincare brand and I love their products. Their Water Full mask line has deep ocean water extracts for antioxidant and hydrating properties. This cotton sheet mask has a sharp floral fragrance, great mask fit, and soothing watery essence. After masking, the essence absorbs quickly, leaving skin soft and fully hydrated. Best of all, there is no tacky residue! This is a solid performing mask– the only thing that might make it better is a softer fragrance.
Verdict: This W.I.N Beauty Kit is an improvement from last month’s curation! My favorite finds are the Too Cool For School sleeping mask and Secret Key lip balm. I really wanted to like the aloe vera mist but the sticky finish isn’t for me. The estimated value is $9.08, which is less than the cost of the subscription. I should note that the value for the aloe vera mist is from a Korean-based retailer and it includes international shipping costs. If it were sold in the U.S. the true “retail” value would inevitably be higher. Additionally, I don’t account for the monthly bag, but that also has value. Ultimately, though, I would like to see higher value items from this subscription.
What do you think of W.I.N Beauty Kit?