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3B Box January 2017 Unboxing + Discount Code!

Can you believe it’s already 2017!?! I feel like this month is flying by and I haven’t had time to catch up. What a great way to start a new year right? I thought now would be a good time to talk about a subscription box that I have been using for a little over a year!

Beauty Beyond Borders, also known as 3B Box, is a monthly subscription box service that sends you 4-5 deluxe sized items for $15 a month, shipping included. You can also choose a $14 a month subscription (auto-renews every 6 months) or a $12 a month subscription (auto-renews annually). Each box comes with a card explaining what each product does and how to use the product. Since some of the products don’t have English instructions written on the packaging, I find this very helpful.

3B recently opened an online shop that will allow you to purchase full-sized items or deluxe sized items that were included in past boxes. This is great because if you got an item you really liked, you can now buy the full-size easily and you don’t have to buy from a questionable amazon reseller.

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I was really surprised when I opened my box and saw only masks inside. I have been subscribed to 3B for a little over a year, and this is the first time I’ve been sent a box like this. Since the weather in Chicago has been quite cold, this is the perfect time for me to try out new masks.

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23.5 N Rice Smoothing Gel Mini: $6 (20 ml)

I’ve actually never hear of this brand before but after doing some research I found out that they are a Taiwanese brand focused on using natural resources to make their products. According to BEAUTIBI, these are the brand’s claims:

  • No artificial coloring or fragrance
  • No alcohol
  • No parabens
  • No preservatives
  • No Animal Testing
  • Cruelty-Free

Description:

One of the most sought after brands in Taiwan, 23.5N is a natural line of skincare with all locally sourced ingredients. They are known for their gel masks especially and this Rice Soothing Gel Mask is their bestseller! Packed with vitamins B1, B2, and ceramide, this mask is magic for those with sensitive or irritated skin. It soothes dull and problematic skin like no other treatment we’ve tried. This brand is the rising star of Taiwanese skincare and if there’s one mask you don’t want to miss out on, it’s their Rice Soothing Gel Mask.

How to Use:

Apply evenly to face after cleansing and toning. Leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse off and continue with rest of skincare routine. You can also leave this on overnight and rinse off in the morning like a sleeping pack. Use 2-3 times a week. Each mask can be used 6 times.

Ingredients:

Aqua, Rice Extract, Aloe Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Adlay Extract, Avena Sativa Kernel Extract, Carbomer, Ceramide, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

As you can see, the product is very lightweight and hydrating. I used this on the dry areas of my face (sides of my nose, sides of my mouth, chin, and neck) 2 days ago, and I woke with soft , hydrated skin! I think this product will last me up to ten uses since I won’t be applying it to my whole face. I can see myself repurchasing this product.

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Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask: $4 (1 ct sheet mask)

This is a Japanese brand I have tried before. I used their Skin Plumping Gel Cream and I really loved it. I’m excited that this brand is being featured this month. Each of their items contains Super Hyaluronic Acid, which is a combination of 3 types of Hyaluronic acid that increases hydration in the skin. This decreases wrinkles and increases elasticity in the skin. You can read more about Super Hyaluronic Acid on their website.

Description:

This soft, single-use, 100% cotton mask drenches skin with a full bottle of serum (0.7 fl oz) to boost hydration, smooth fine lines, and restore firmness and bounce to your skin.  Experience a refreshing, relaxing and indulgent experience for radiant and visibly younger skin. It contains Super Hyaluronic Acid™, a proprietary combination of 3 types of Hyaluronic Acid that provides multi-layer, long-lasting moisture to restore and strengthen skin’s natural hydrating levels.

How to Use:

Apply the mask to clean skin. Leave on for 15-20 minutes. Remove mask and pat excess serum into skin.

Ingredients:

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, BHT, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Carbomer, Dipropylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Hydrolyzed Collagen (Marine), Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Methylisothiazolinone, PEG-20 Sorbitan Isostearate, PPG-10 Methyl Glucose Ether, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Triethanolamine

This mask has BHT, which has a score of 6 (on a scale of 1-10) on the EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database. This a preservative that can be a possible irritant /allergen to you skin. Before using the sheet mask, you should grab some of the serum in the packet, put it on your neck, and wait 5-10 minutes to see if you have reaction. If you feel any itchiness or burning, skip the mask!

If you want to try more from the Hada Labo Tokyo line, they have some products available at Target!

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For Beloved Girl Extra Moisture Mineral Mask: $3 (1 ct sheet mask)

This is a Taiwanese brand founded by Margaret Wu. For Beloved Girl is For Beloved One’s Girl Series.It seems as though For Beloved Girl is targeted for younger women with concerns such as oiliness, acne, puffiness, etc. You can read more about the For Beloved One brand on their website.

Description:

The star product from Taiwan’s For Beloved Girl, this mask will cure all dry patches! Packed with hyaluronic acid, sodium PCA, and sodium lactate, this mask is designed to lock in all-day moisture to create an immediate glow for dehydrated and fatigued skin.

How to Use:

Apply the mask to clean skin. Leave on for 15-20 minutes. Remove mask and pat excess serum into skin.

Ingredients:

Aqua, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Glycereth-26, PEG-8, Glycosyl Trehalose, Xanthan Gum, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Chlorphenesin, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Iron Oxides, Fragrance, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic acid

From reading the description of the item, there are two ingredients I’ve never heard of. According to ewg.org/skindeep Sodium PCA is used as a skin conditioning agent, meaning it while moisturize your skin. Sodium Lactate on the other is used as a buffering agent (maintains PH), skin condition agent, and an exfoliant.

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Wei Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask: $5 (8 ml single pod)

Wei is a brand I’ve heard of many times but have recently been able to try it. Wei uses traditional Chinese herbal medicine to create their products.

Description:

This mask is the #1 globally top-selling mud mask from Wei Beauty that has an ultra-soft texture without a tight or uncomfortable feeling as it dries. This purifying mask deeply cleanses and removes dead cells bringing skin to natural balance for a refreshed, clear complexion.  The golden root extract works to counteract the oxidative causes of cell damage while pure china clay works to absorb toxins, dirt and remove dead skin cells.

How to Use:

Apply to dry, clean skin. Leave on for 10 minutes. Wash off with warm water. Use once per week.

Ingredients:

Aqua\Water, Kaolin, Butylene Glycol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Propylene Glycol Stearate, Stearic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Rhodiola Rosea (Golden Root) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi Mushroom) Extract, Angelica Acutiloba (Chinese Angelica) Root Extract, Zizyphus Jujuba (Jujube) Fruit Extract, Chrysanthemum Sinense (Chrysanthemum) Flower Extract, Lilium Longiflorum (White Lily) Bulb Extract, Tromethamine, Caprylyl Glycol, Polysorbate 60, Parfum \ Fragrance, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Benzoic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Iron Oxides \ CI 77491, CI77492, CI77499

I used this mask right after I showered last night, and I definitely felt a difference! My skin felt smoother. What’s nice about this mask is even though the pod is small, you really only need a small amount to cover your face. I’m definitely repurchasing this!

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SkinRX Lab MadeCera Re-Turn Express Mask: $6 (1 ct sheet mask)

SkinRX Lab is a Korean skincare brand. I’ve seen a few people on instagram use this brand, but I was never able to find it in the US. I’m glad this is being included this month!

Description:

The SkinRx Lab MadeCera Express Mask contains a powerful combination of naturally fermented ceramics and an ancient herbal remedy from Asia, madecassoside. The microfiber sheet mask contains more essence than a normal cotton mask and delivers high-density active elements to skin immediately.

How to Use:

Apply mask to clean dry skin. Leave on for 20-30 minutes. Remove mask. Pat excess serum into skin.

Ingredients:

Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Glycereth-26, Dipropylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, Lactobacillus Ferment, 1,2-Hexanediol, Beta-Glucan, Pentylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ceramide NP, PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycereth-20, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tromethamine, Sodium Polyacrylate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Trisodium EDTA, Fragrance, Asiaticoside, Madecassic Acid, Asiatic Acid, Madecassoside

I was surprised with how thick this mask was! Usually some of the cheaper masks are very thin, making it harder for the mask to stay on your face. This mask on the other hand felt very comfortable and did not move. I woke up to soft, glowing skin! I wanted to know more about madecassoside so I looked it up on EWG Skin Deep. The website lists Madecassoside as an antioxidant as well as a skin conditioner.

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MaskerAide Weather Warrior Sheet Mask: $7 (1 ct sheet mask)

MaskerAide is another brand that’s new to me. They are a Candian/Korean brand that makes sheet masks, acne spot patches, and Konjac sponges. What’s nice about this brand is that their masks are 100% biodegradable and their packets are recyclable!

The brand claims that their products are free of:

  • Parabens
  • Harsh Dyes & Pigments
  • Mineral Oils
  • Artificial Fragrances
  • Benzophenone
  • Glycerins

You can read more about the brand on their website.

Description:

The new year calls for new resolutions. Whether you’ve spent the day working on your tan on the beach or skiing down the slopes, your skin deserves a treat during this time of year. Exposure to damaging elements such as UV rays, wind, and extreme cold can leave your skin feeling dry, flaky, and all around irritated. Caring for your skin after exposure to extreme elements is essential. This sheet mask from Maskeraide is infused with aloe, green tea, witch hazel, and argan oil to help soothe, calm, and heal your skin.

How to Use:

Apply the mask to clean dry skin, and remove after 10-20 minutes. Note: This mask can be used to cool irritated skin (especially sun brunt skin). To maximize the mask’s cooling effects, you can put this in the fridge for 15-30 minutes before you put it on!

Ingredients:

Water, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Methyl Gluceth-20, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) FruitOil, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Phyllostachys Nigra Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Honey Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract,Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Adenosine,Sorbitol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, C14-22 Alcohols, Polyacrylate-13, Polysorbate 60, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Tocopheryl Acetate,Polyisobutene, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Polysorbate 20, Sorbitan Isostearate, Arginine, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol

The more I read about the company, the more excited I am to use this mask. I’ll probably use this mask sometime during the week. I think this is a great addition to this box. I am always looking for brands that use eco-friendly materials for their products.

Last night I received an email from 3B that included a 25% off code for your entire purchase. This code is only valid from now through 1/29/17 so use it wisely! I’m also happy to announce that 3B will be donating 100% of their profits (when using the code) this weekend to Planned Parenthood! I’m so happy that a women-led company is giving back to a non-profit that provides reproductive healthcare services to people who need it.

25% off + 100% of the profits going to Planned Parenthood code: EMPOWERED

Overall I was pretty impressed with this month’s box! I am always excited to try new masks, so this has been a very fun box for me. This box was worth $31 which is more than double the amount I paid for this. Can’t wait to see what 3B has in store for next month’s box!

Note: This box was purchased with my own money. This is not a sponsored post!

Please let me know what you think of the box in the comments section below. Have a nice day everyone!

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