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JoahBox K-Beauty Review + Coupon – November 2019

JoahBox is a Korean Beauty subscription that costs $35.95 with free worldwide shipping each month. You’ll find 5-7 items with a mix of makeup, skincare, and beauty tools in each box to discover. I love finding new K-Beauty brands I adore through this subscription and it almost always delights me. 

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.)

About this Korean Beauty Subscription

The Subscription Box: JoahBox

The Cost: $35.95/month with free shipping. Save with longer commitments.

COUPON: Use code Myjoahbox to save 10% off!

The Products: 5-7 full-size Korean beauty products.

Ships: Worldwide for free

JoahBox November 2019 Review

When you first subscribe to JoahBox, there are four drop-down menus to customize your experience:

You will choose your birth month, skin tone (ranging from “very fair” to “dark brown”), your skin type (oily, dry, combination, acne-prone, dull/aging, or sensitive/redness) and if you’d prefer to receive more skincare, makeup, or both.


JoahBox includes a small booklet that goes over each item, the retail value, and how to use it. Best to keep this on hand just in case the packaging doesn’t have instructions in English!


Beauty of Joseon Apricot Blossom Peeling Gel – Listed Value $23.00 (found here for $9.52)

I haven’t tried too many of these really popular peeling gels, but they are quite fun. You take a generous amount of the soft cloudy gel (which reminds me of Supergoop’s sunscreen in appearance) and massage it into a slightly damp face using circular motions for about a minute. At that point, you’ll start to see some pilling happening which is apparently the product removing the dead dull skin from your face. I started to wonder if this was like ear candles- is that REALLY my skin? I found this article online and the way they tell it- there is some of my skin in there, but it’s not as dramatic as it seems. A lot of the clumping is some of the product. At any rate, after massaging another minute or two, this peeling gel delivered a gentle exfoliation and my skin DID indeed look really fresh and new afterward, so I’m happy with the results!


Med-Line T-Spot Patch Gel – Listed Value $14.00

This product is a spot treatment for blemishes and says it helps prevent future breakouts. I’m really lucky to rarely get breakouts but lately, the amount of skincare I’ve been trying must be getting to my skin. I had a few pimples I was able to try this out on. The formula is a thickish sticky gel that you dab onto problem areas before bed. It dries almost like a peeling mask would and unless you rub it off in your sleep, you’re supposed to rinse it off in the morning. I’ll say- this really did seem to help some of the smaller, more meek blemishes I had in one night. I have a tougher one that still remains after 3 days but I do think this gel has shortened its life. I may be sending this off to a friend who has a lot of trouble with her skin since I won’t need it as much.


Gustar Piel Sana Nourishing Hand Cream – Listed Value $12.00

This hand cream is great! It’s a nice consistency that absorbs quickly without a greasy mess and feels quite moisturizing. I appreciate the skinny tube that fits more easily in my small purses. I am always in need of hand cream in the winter and this one made from cica (check out this helpful article to find out more about this ingredient) and shea butter does a fantastic job! It has a soft fragrance that isn’t overpowering at all and dissipates quickly. My hands are just SO SOFT after using this!


RiRe Dual Metallic Eyeshadow in 01 Coral/Brown – Listed Value $17.00 (found here for $7.99)

Ooof. I’ve seen reviews on YouTube about eyeshadows like this and they’re never good, but I tried to go in with an open mind. The deal with this is that you’re supposed to take the included brush and sweep it across both colors so that when you apply it in a similar fashion to your eyelid, you get an automatic dual-shade look. The trouble is- this doesn’t work at all. I’d still use these colors with a regular eyeshadow brush; they just don’t work as a “system.”

Here it is on my hand- but that was put on generously and with a heck of a lot of pressure that I wouldn’t put onto a delicate area like my eyelids. Sometimes beauty products try to save us time, but usually, the old fashioned way is the only way to get it right.


A True Real Black Tea True Active Mask – Listed Value $5.50 (found here in a 4-pack for $15.00)

I had a real time with this one. I unfolded it to only reveal that harder netting that sometimes is used as a backing for gentler masks. But it was netting on both sides and I could not for the life of me peel them apart. So I was like, “is this the mask? This seems wrong.” But I put the netting onto my face and it didn’t want to form around it at all or stick to the lower half of my face. After about 5 minutes I was all “to heck with this mask” only to take it off and see that it had started separating and it was indeed, double netted on both sides of the ridiculously thin gelatinous bio-cellulose mask. Ok- so once I got the real mask on- it clung like a champion and as in true horror movie style felt like putting skin on my own skin. It was gross and fantastic at the same time. After about 10 minutes I removed the mask and my face felt dewy and super plump! Even a mask pro like me can get confused sometimes! This was a lovely mask and I’m glad I figured it out.

Verdict: JoahBox sent lots of helpful items this month. I tried peeling gel for the first time, got some awesome hand cream to keep in my purse, a blemish treatment that actually works, and a sheet mask that I loved! The only one that didn’t quite work as intended was the eyeshadow, but it’s still totally useable in the traditional way and has nice colors. 

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? This one is no longer available but if you sign up today, January should be your first 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 $35.95 for this box, you’re paying about $7.19 for each item.

Check out all of our JoahBox reviews and keep track of your subscriptions by adding this box to your subscription list or wishlist!

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Written by Marne Orenich

Marne Orenich

Marne is a lipstick connoisseur, record collector, and twice over cat mom. She loves discovering new clean beauty brands and has quite the collection of beautifully packaged serums and moisturizers.

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