Sunday, August 23, 2015

[Review] "Beauteque" BB bag! - August 2015

Hello guys, I'm back with a review - this time, it's on a company called "Beauteque" and it's "BB bags". 

I've said it before on my blog, but subscription boxes aren't really my "thing". A lot of my friends do, they love that stuff.

But uhm... $20 for a box can get me lunch/dinner/lots of Pocky. So going into this review, know that I have super high expectations HAHAA. I want to see value, I say!

Beauteque sent me a BB bag, and I'm here to give you all the details. 


I use "bag" and "box" interchangeably. Excuse meh. 




What's a "BB Bag"?

It's a monthly subscription service that gives "at least 6 full sized luxury products". These can include skincare, makeup... and even jewelry!

Each BB bag has approximately $65-85 worth of products! You get a lot more than what you pay for.

There are a lot of different subscription options. Each of the options are prepaid.
- Month to month option, you're gonna be billed on the 15th.
- Subscribe after the 5th? You're going to get the next month's bag.
(If you subscribe on June 6th, you're not going to get the June BB bag. You'll get the July one.)

Easy peasy.



Can I choose what's in my BB bag?

You have some options.
On the 15th of every month, they will send you an email survey. Fill it out and you can have some option-power over your bag.
- Options: lotion scent, lipstick colour, perfume "flavour", etc.
- If you don't fill it out within the deadline, Beauteque will choose for you.



Price?

- Month to month = $24/month
- 3 Months = $24/Month
- 6 Months = $24/Month
- 12 Months = $22/Month
Shipping charges apply. 
Yo... I wrote "Month" so many times... it's starting to look weird to me. Does that happen to you too? I'm legitimately tripping out here.

Tip: Use coupon "JUNNIKU10" to get discount to get an additional gift in the bag!



Shipping?

Bags get shipped on the end of the 2nd week (of each month).
- Beauteque ships to: USA, Canada, Europe, Australia

Credits: Beautequemonthly.com





August 2015 BB bag

Behind the mint "bow" bag is another bag service that Beauteque offers: review coming soon!

This is such a pretty bag. Ugh. I would have loved it so much.
Unfortunately, they had put the info card on top of the bag, and in transit... I guess it imprinted onto it.

IT'S SO SAD. :( 
Still gonna use it, doe. 




Not sure how any of the products here can be appropriately themed as "treasure" or anything nautical, or "under the sea" or even pirate...
But yeah!
I like the theme concept LOL... pretty cute. 

The information card gives you a brief about each of the items in the bag, and how to use. AWESOME.
They also give you a "value" for each item, so you know the approximate cost of the bag. 


= $71

Additional pictures 






-Han Aka V-Line chin patch 
-Botanical Choice "shiny and hydrating hair mask"
-Purederm "Clean & fresh apple peeling gel"

The Han aka V-line patch is actually curious... very curious. I heard from another person that they actually work, even though its for a limited time. WANT TO TRY. 
Purederm stuff... it's ok. I already tried the peeling gel, it's fine. The hair mask is an automatic give-away to Mr. Junniku. I hate using hair products other than shamp+condi. 


The SAEM "Cover perfection TIP concealer" 

I lost my two (2!!!!!!!) MUFE concealers, and... yo girl don't have enough $$ to buy another one. Ok? So I was concealer-less.
BUT THANK THE HEAVENS THIS WAS IN THE BAG. It's so good, so creamy... so... YES. It's an awesome concealer, and thankfully matches my colour. Will be buying a separate one of these in the future! YES. 
I had no idea this concealer was so popular, but whaaaaoow. Thank you for including this in the BB bag, Beauteque!!!!!!




Holika Holika "Wonder drawing" no smudge liquid eyeliner 

I can't use eyeliners like this to save my life. But I'm actually really glad I got this, I needed a black liquid eyeliner anyways. Will be practising my eyeliner with this!!! YAAASSSS. YOUR GIRL GONNA HAVE SOME MAD EYELINER DONE. 



Mizon all in one snail repair cream (tube)

The famous Mizon snail cream - in a smaller tube format! I reviewed the cream already on my blog here, but I like this format better. Tubes are better than tubs!!!!!!! FOREVER.
FOREVER, I SAY.



Opalis "Best wish" facial oil blotting paper


Oil blotting sheets; comes in super sturdy packaging and it's really nice to use. Same quality as the Sephora collection papers, which... are like... $12? Or something. YAAASS.







So....

If I were have to paid $24 for this box, I think it would be okay. 
I wouldn't be disappointed. 
I'd be pretty happy with my box right here. Happy enough to buy it again.

However, I have to say that the number of masks in this box disappointed me a bit - if I had paid for this box, I would have hoped for other products, preferably not masks. 
If I had wanted so many masks, I had probably gone with their "mask maven" subscription. 

When you see their "at least full sized luxury products!" I don't really think of masks as "full sized"... is it just me?

According to Beauteque, this box is worth $71.25.
The products' listed value is obviously overvalued at times (ahem, the Mizon snail repair cream), but still. Either way...
For $24, it's a pretty fair deal. Sweet.

The fact that they include popular products (Mizon snail cream, the Saem concealer) and a bunch of versatile products (eyeliner, everyone can use another black liquid liner)... 
for me, it's enough to overlook the previously mentioned cons. 





Pros (Why you should subscribe)
- Premium, good quality products
- Comes with at least 6 products 
- Always will be more than $24 retail value; you always get more 
- No 2 BB bags will be the same (month to month)
- Offers options for each bag
- Multiple subscription options (month to month, 3 months, 6 months, etc.)
- Fast customer service
- Company has transparency (they tell you exactly when to expect certain things; emails, surveys, shipping dates, etc.)
- Ships to multiple areas, not limited to North America


Cons 
- Some products overvalued; so the box may be overvalued (still worth over $24, though)
- Too many masks in this bag (in particular)




Would I buy a BB bag? 

Yes
It's $24 for a bag - and you get enough items to make up for the cost! Because they include a lot of Korean products (which I always appreciate), I like it. 

Subscription box are a risk, but sometimes you gotta take a risk. How else will you find your next HG? 
Maybe it's in the next BB bag. ;) HEHEHE.

I know that personally, I'll be picking up the "The Saem" concealer. I tried it out thanks to Beauteque, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE IT. 
IT'S SO GOOD! O_O;
Please try it!!! 

There's always going to be that ONE product I don't like in a box, but... I mean, I have friends. They can have it, hahahahaha. 









What about you?
Have you heard of Beauteque? Do you subscribe to any bags/boxes already? Do you like them?

Friday, July 31, 2015

Junniku's "SUMMER 2015" Giveaway Extravaganza!

Again, I continue to call myself "Junniku" for giveaways. Hmm.

Thank you for sticking with me, even when I was basically non-existent in 2014, and definitely non-existent in 2015.

To celebrate and acknowledge y'all, here is a extravagant giveaway! (I just call it extravagant because it's a big-ish word, and it looks legit in the title)
Again, same with the last giveaway, I have seriously been planning this giveaway forever, but recently bought some stuff in Korea (and Japan) to share!





Giveaway details 
- Giveaway ends: September 1, 2015.
- International giveaway (shipping shouldered by me)
- 2 winners will be chosen by Rafflecopter 
- 2 different prize packs

- You choose what prize pack you'd like (If you win, I'll contact you and you'll pick then)
- First drawn, first pick. Last drawn, last pick.

- Must follow all the mandatory rules. No exceptions. 
- Must be 18+ to enter, or have parental permission to join.
- False entries will automatically merit disqualification.
- All items are 100% new. Not swatched, not expired, etc. 
- Sealed/unopened




There are 2 prize packs. 




Prize Pack 1 ("SKINCARE")
Includes:
- The Face Shop (TFS) konjac sponge
- TFS Vita B, C and E masks (3)
- TFS special care hand mask 
- TFS foot mask 
- It's Skin Power 10 serum ("LI")
- My Beauty Diary masks (4, Aloe and Apple)
- Biore Aqua Rich Watery Essence sunscreen
- Japanese eyelashes
- TFS eyeshadows (3)
- Nature Republic Botanical Vanilla foundation (w23)
- TFS Rice water bright cleansing foam
- Innisfree "It's Real" mask - tea tree (3)
- IOPE Special cleansing set
- TFS blackhead out strips (7 in a box)
- A lot of samples (Tonymoly, Banila Co, TFS, Innisfree, etc.)












Prize Pack 2 ("MAKEUP") 
- Skinfood Deep Sea Water gel mask
- Innisfree "It's Real" mask - rice and pomegranate (3 in total)
- Missha mushroom mask (2)
- TFS sebum control soothing mask sheet
- TFS Smim deluxe set
- Nature Republic eyeshadows (2)
- Nature Republic nail polishes (2)
- Etude House proof 10 eye primer
- Innisfree lip tint
- TFS oil blotting sheets
- D.U.P. false eyelashes (#923)
- A lot of samples (Skinfood, Purederm, Clio, Etude House, Lioele, etc.)





















Giveaway Rules 
Mandatory: Follow me on GFC (publicly) and Bloglovin'. (Both platforms, please.)

- All other entries are "bonus".
- No giveaway blogs/accounts may enter.
- Failing to follow on GFC+BL = disqualified.
This is not a "join and dip" giveaway. If you're planning on unfollowing/whatever nonsense, just save your time and don't enter in the first place. 
- ONE TWEET PER DAY.

- Winners have 48 hours to respond to my email. If no response is given, new people will be chosen.


- Fill in the Rafflecopter entry below. 


Giveaway banner 
(host it on your blog for more entries!)







Shoutout to my Homie Vanessa, who thought of some weird-ass questions to ask you (in the giveaway comments section)
(You can either answer these, or the question in the Rafflecopter)

- If all jobs paid the same, what do you wanna do
- Who are you when no one is watching
- What comes running to your mind when you see blood 


That went from 0 to 100 real quick. LMFAOOO. 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

[July 2015] INSANE JULY HAUL (Innisfree, Cure, Dollywink, D.U.P, etc.)

Omg,

For TOO LONG have I been gone, my buddies!!!! MY PALS!!~
Thank you for still being here, hahaha. I promise I won't leave for that long again! Phew~

Did you miss me? Ya, right? 

As in "yeah, you did, right?"
Not a "ya rite lol."



As I am writing this, I am eating a Tokyo Banana. I'm guessing you know what it is?



It's one of Japan's most popular snacks, and is apparently a #1 tourist souvenir thing.
It tastes so WEIRD... but I can't stop eating it omfg.


In the past couple of weeks, I have spent over $100 on these Japanese snacks.* Boxes of the Hangetsu crackers (!!!! SO GOOD!!!!) and some Tokyo Banana!
You have no idea LOL. Onomnomnomnom.
(*: For fam/friends, ofc! Not just mine!~~~~)
(PSA: Torontonians, you can buy fresh TB through Meowmeowboutique. It's near neck-cracking difficult to find it otherwise.)

My friends are all "you're actually psycho".
You know, I've heard that a lot in the past couple of weeks. Nahahahhaa. 

I'm now called "the cracker lady".


If I'm whining about anything to my friends, they immediately go for the "well..... this wouldn't have happened if you hadn't bought your crackers" line. 

.....which is almost always true. neeeeyyyah. T___T





Anyways - I come back to you with a gigantic skincare/cosmetics haul. I got these products this month, and many of these products are hauled straight from Korea and Japan!

very messy.



I'll divide up the haul into sections. "Skincare", "Makeup/cosmetics" and "lol random".
(Because in every haul, there's always a WTF purchase.)







Skincare 
[Laneige, IOPE, Sulwhasoo, etc.]

Eee~ Lotte Duty Free offered up much duty-free goodies. Much yes. Much yay.


L to R: Laneige multi cleanser (foam cleanser), IOPE trouble clinic (foam cleanser), Laneige oil free cleanser, Laneige water sleeping pack

Laneige Multi Cleanser(s)
I actually bought 3 of them - I can't remember the exact price, but through the conversion (Won to CDN) and duty free, it ended up being around $20 each.
I pay around $28 for them in Toronto, so... yes. Got 3.
Need to wash face.
I use these in the night time - they have tiny, tiny, tiny, tiny little exfoliating beads. You can barely feel them. 





IOPE Trouble Solution Cleansing Foam 
I should have bought more of these. Darn it. I bought 1.
I use this in the morning - it has a slight peppermint scent. Cleanses well. It's actually a huge part of my daily skincare regime.

If you have acne-prone skin, oily skin, combination skin, or trouble skin --- try this out.
I don't get acne too much, but I had these horrible clogged pores on the side of my cheek for the longest time. I think this product might have helped to get rid of those.
(Tbh, along with several other products, so I have no idea what actually helped.)







Laneige oil-free cleansing liquid 
Didn't like this at first, I liked their moisture cleansing oil better (pink bottle). But the pink bottle was nowhere to be found. So I settled on this, because I didn't just want to waste $22 USD.
Eh, it's alright. Would buy again.








Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion (Medium Beige, #23)
Had this before, it's grown on me. I like it. It matches my skin colour a lot better than the other cushions out there.
I like this better the famous IOPE one, and the Laneige ones.

Got this at the duty free for $41 USD. Comes with refill.




I love, love the limited edition packaging!
It's so beautiful, so much beautifuller (hehe) than my original Sulwhasoo one (pictured above).




Got this for $15 or something. It was on sale. It was cheap. Yolo.






Laneige Water Bank Essence_EX (x2)
Duo package - I saved money!~



I love this essence. It's really nice, light, but still very moisturizing. Doesn't make my face sticky, I find that it's perfect for summer and winter season.
This set was $57 USD.





Laneige Bright Renew Plus (Serum and Cream)


They repackaged the "White renew plus" line to "Bright renew plus".
I was obsessed with getting brighter skin because I looked so... idk, DULL.
I already reviewed the serum on this blog, I really liked it.


So boyfriend bought me these!~ 

Yay, I got a new serum, and yay for the cream! I've really been loving both.
Thank yew mister junniku :D





Innisfree "It's Real" Mask sheets 

I got a lot of them. 10 are in each bundle (I think).
I used a couple tea tree, it's alright.







Dermal "Red Ginseng" Masks 

I don't even know how many I have.

I originally had 30 or 40 of them.
Mr. Junniku bought it for me, because the Amazon seller didn't ship it directly to Toronto. :(

These are my ALL-TIME favourite masks.

Love, love, love!






Biore watery essence sunscreen

I am terrified of getting wrinkles!!! It's gonna happen, but oh gosh.
Pls no sun!!!


I actually got these from a Toronto-based shop, called "meowmeowboutique".
Their IG: Meowmeowboutique

I've been buying a lot of stuff from this shop lately.
It's cheaper, it's authentic and I trust it 100%.

I cannot tell you how much I've been ripped off by pmall, and those asian-cosmetics stores (The ones you see at Finch, Downtown, Korea town...etc.)

Ahem... and this is the store that I bought $150 in snacks from. T_T Oh god.
But it's so good!!!!~~

Sunscreen is good. Yes.





Nexcare Acne Patches
Because sometimes I get pimples. :(



These were picked up from Korea, at Olive Young. 1+1, oh yay.
I like these patches a lot more than the ones at The Face Shop. Those barely work, tbh... not on me, at least.


I'm gonna keep 1 sheet for myself, and 1 for le bf.
I'm so nice, right?????? :D





Sheseido "Perfect Whip" foam cleanser
This is a super popular cleanser - but it's so marked up here in Toronto... Meh.

My friend picked this up in Japan, and gave it to me. Arigato, lice-sama.
Where your vlog at?

Apparently they're like $3-4 in Japan? Wat.








It's Skin "Self Care Foot Peeling"
Y'all have probably tried some brand of the famous "foot peelings", but this is my first time. I still haven't used it, I'M SCARED. D:


Someone described the skin-peeling as "standing on top of mushy grass" 
WTF? 


Omg... not sure what to feel about this, but to be perfectly honest, I think I need it. My feet need it! Hoho.
I'll do a review on them, if y'all wanna see my mushy skin peeling off.

Yummmm.





Cure Natural Aqua Peeling Gel(s)
Y'all already know The Amazing. 


Another product I've heard endless talk about. Everyone says it's absolutely amazing, etcetcetc.

The price was always the "nty" point for me. At approximately $45 a bottle, it's super expensive...
But in the end, I bought 1, and my boyfriend bought me another.

CURE is basically an exfoliator and chemical peel. You put a good dollop on your face, and rub gently. It is said that people can see their dead skin peeling away, and rolling up into little balls.




Have you used cure? 
(Haha you probably have... I'm always very late at jumping the bandwagon.)

My boyfriend got one for himself, too. LOL... he likes it.







End of skincare stuff!!!!






Makeup!!!~~
[Dollywink, D.U.P, etc.]


Tbh, it's basically just eyelashes. 


Dollywink false eyelashes 
I got some of the famous dollywink falsies.
Y'all already know I've basically tried every single DW eyelash out there.

But I just had to stock up on these.

I got multiples of the #15, and one box of the #23!



The #15 is called "pure girl".
It's half lashes, so it fits the end-half of your eye. These are similar to DW #4 (I think it's called "feminine girl"?), but these are much more natural. Shorter, too.

When worn, these look barely noticeable. It just adds that extra "ump!!!!!!" to your eyes, in a subtle way. Lol.

Especially if you have short, asian lashes like I do.

Not sure about #23. Never tried this yet. Tbh, I just bought it out of impulse.







D.U.P.
[THE EYELASHES SENT FROM HEAVEN.]


Will you ever understand my love for DUP?
NAY, YE SHALL NAWT!!!!!!



TBH, these lashes were created from the eyelash pixies up in heaven and sent down on a rainbow of PURE 24K GOLD.

I used up the boxes I showed you last year (in this blog post), so... I BOUGHT MORE! :D


I just HAD to pick up these boxes of DUP. It'll last me... a while. I see it as an investment, yo.


But no seriously, these are so good. You need these in your life.


We make money to spend it, right? 


Most of these boxes are my favourite, #923.
They have a mix of brown and black - so they look super natural. They're so soft, so wispy.

If you have anywhere from $12-25 (yo, markups are HIGH), do yourself a favour and buy a box. Please.
It is so amazing. pls pls pls.











Sailormoon eyeliner
I just bought this because - hello, SAILORMOON CUTIE MOON ROD. 
This was around $21 CAN.



I can just see it now.
I'll be on the TTC, trying to do my makeup on the train.

Everyone is just in their dead, morning states.

BUT THEN.
I WHIP THIS OUT.

and I give HOPE to the people!!!!!
As I do my eyeliner.








End of makeup stuff!!!!~~~~





The "lol random" stuff
Because it was neither "skincare" or "makeup", but still equally as essential to purchase. 



Sailormoon socks from Korea
Because I need the sailor scouts on my feet. 



My kind friend got me these in Korea. 
She had to legit look through sock vendor after sock vendor. 
Until she found it. 

Even then, 2 of the characters were missing (Mercury and Chibi), and STILL SHE LOOKED ON. 
All in the midst of the MERS scare.

What a pal rite???
Btw I awarded her efforts with crackers. So all is good!!!





Rohto eye drops
Because I need eye drops.




When you wear contacts, omg. These are life saving. 

They have that "minty fresh" feel, so it casually burns your eyeballs for a second. But in a really refreshing way. 

Also, I stupidly over-paid for that Lycée one. $$$$$.
Never again. Ugh. 
It's a good product, but so many stores in Toronto mark these up so high, it's ridiculous. 





Tonymoly hair tint 
Because I need to have green hair sometimes. 


It's hair tint. It comes in a little pan, and you basically just swipe your hair with it.


Repurchase? No. 
It's way too messy.

I only used the green one so far, but it's incredibly messy and difficult to use. Green dye was all over my clothes, my skin, MY FACE. 
I WAS LIKE HULK. 

Cheap, but too much work. 









omg, that's it. we're done.
that was a long post, right?
are you tired?

me too. 

do you think I spent my money wisely?
hell ya!~~~~~
okok. phew.
here is a candy for your efforts.








What about you?
What have you bought recently?



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