JoahBox K-Beauty Subscription Review + Coupon – September 2018
JoahBox is a monthly subscription box of 5 to 7 full-size Korean beauty products from brands likeA’Pieu, Missha, Nature Republic, Etude House, Saem, Innis Free, MemeBox, handpicked and shipped directly from Seoul, South Korea to your doorstep. Each box will have up to $100.00 retail worth of product.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: JoahBox
The Cost: $33.00/month with free shipping. Save with longer commitments.
The Products: 5-7 full-size Korean beauty products.
Ships to: Worldwide
Good to Know: You can purchase a one-time box for $35.95 as a gift or to try without subscribing.
JoahBox September 2018 Review
When you first subscribe to JoahBox, there are four drop-down menus to customize your experience.
You will choose your birth month (perhaps for a birthday surprise?), skin tone (ranging from “very fair” to “dark brown”), your skin type, and if you’d prefer to receive more skincare, makeup, or both.
There is an info sheet included that folds out.
Here, they’ve included a couple excerpts from their blog on “Korean Skinny Skin Care” and an “Acne-Prone Skin Diet”. These definitely make me want to read more!
Fully unfolded, you’ll find a list of all of the included items, their retail value, and how to use them.
The back has an uplifting quote and their social media handles.
Makeup Facial Mask by Glowhill – Listed Retail Value $3.00
I couldn’t find this one online to purchase from a credible source which actually gives this a bit of a higher value in my book since it’s tough to get ahold of. I was excited to try this once I read the “Joah Tip” that said it can be used as a makeup primer after sun cream for 5-10 minutes instead of the normal usage of 10-20 minutes. Upon opening, I saw it had a pretty pink iridescent serum and I placed it on my face even though it was much too large. As I walked away from the mirror, I got to read the package and froze. it contains pearl! While that sounds lovely, my skin didn’t react well to pearl sheet masks in the past, so I had to take this off for fear of having a reaction. While that is 100% just my personal experience and I’m not sure this would have done the same, I didn’t want to risk it. Drat! The idea of using a sheet mask as a primer is a cool idea!
Spot Perfume Brush in Peony and Blush by Glowhill – Listed Retail Value $15.00
The next item is also from Glowhill and rather unique! I’ve never seen a brush-on perfume before. I wasn’t sure if I should expect a powder or liquid and it took me a while to figure out how to use it. First, you must twist the bottom to the “open” position. Smart that they put a lock on it so it doesn’t dispense while in your purse! Once in the “open” position, I simply had to press the button a few times to get the perfume flowing. much like a paint marker. The soft brush allows you to brush on the correct amount of fragrance (in sort of a serum-form) onto your skin without overdoing it. There look to be two variations and I received the “Peony & Blush” scent which is super light and floral. I think this is an awesome idea for travel or to keep in your bag. I love the idea of brushing on a fragrance with more control than a spray.
Sun Project Water Sun Cream with 50 SPF from Thank You Farmer – Retail Value $23.00
I didn’t expect much from this one but oh my god I love it! This is one of the best SPF moisturizers I’ve ever used and definitely the lightest. It feels like a moisturizer without SPF due to it’s super non-greasy, not heavy consistency. My face feels incredibly soft and I can rest assured I am protecting my porcelain skin with a 50 SPF. Plus, it has phyto oligo, Inca omega oil, and bamboo extracts as well. I’ve been using this for about a week now and am so glad it’s available online so I can buy more! This is one of my favorites of the box and probably of the whole month.
Premium Snail Wrinkle Serum by Haute Cuisine – Retail Value $28.40
This is my other favorite of the box/month! I was excited to try a serum with snail filtrate because that just sounds wild and I’m always down to try new beauty ingredients. I am really impressed with this serum! The texture is what I can only describe as “bubble solution-like”. It’s not very thick but has a very slight stickiness to it until it’s absorbed into the skin. The info sheet directed me to simple “pat pat pat” it into my skin rather than massaging, which I find to be kind of nice. I’ve been using this after cleansing and using a toner and then following it up with the above SPF moisturizer after a few minutes in the morning and again at night after cleansing and toning. These two products are my new favorite regiment and I’m really excited about it! My face was having a little trouble the last couple weeks and I think these two have improved things dramatically.
Premium Snail Double Effect Mask – Retail Value $3.00
The second sheet mask this month is from the same company that makes the serum. I didn’t get a chance to use it yet but based on how much I love the serum, I think it will have similar results with a deeper hydration since it’s to be left on for 10-20 minutes. I’ll most likely be using this mask on a Sunday evening after a weekend of running around and staying up too late.
Verdict: This month’s JoahBox was even better than the last and is quickly becoming a favorite. For $33.00, I received five items that have a retail total of about $72.40. Two of them ended up being some of my favorite new products but I liked all of them (except save that one mask with pearl). I love discovering new K-Beauty products and this is a great way to do so.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Not this one, but you have until the 5th to get the October box!
We ship boxes on the 10th of each month. Once your box leaves our facilities, it can take about one to three weeks to be delivered. We accept orders until the 5th of each month.
Coupon – Use code MYJOAHBOX to save 10% off!
Value Breakdown: At $33.00 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:
- Glowhill Sheet Mask: $1.37
- Perfume Brush: $6.84
- Sun Cream: $10.84
- Snail Serum: $12.94
- Snail Sheet Mask: $1.37
Would you try the snail serum from this month’s JoahBox?