Beauteque Head to Toe Bag Lip Essentials (May 2015)

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This month’s head to toe bag is all about lip essentials! Recently the media is all crazy about lip products and ‘the pout’. I myself was hunting down some eccentric lip stains for spring/summer, so when the theme was unveiled, I was actually positive about this! ❤

Before we start unbagging, lets talk about Beauteque‘s subscription bag. 🙂

The Beauteque’s Head to Toe is not exactly a monthly sub, but they do release a new theme each month and you can purchase a singly bag each time if you fancy the theme! You can also find some previous bags in their site. 🙂
The Head to Toe Lip Essentials is still available for purchase at $26.00 on their site.

WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE:

7 full sized products in every bag
-a value between $65 to $85
-products from Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Europe, America

SHIPPING:

Beauteque ships to US, Canada, Europe, Japan Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand mailing addresses with some fees. US customers are able to enjoy free shipping with purchase on their site tho!

Some previous bags- read my reviews to get an idea! 🙂
Head to Toe Milk
Feb- Pink Beauty
Head to Toe Breakfast
April: Tony Moly 

The bag arrived a week ago. The 7 products were housed in this grey velvet-embroidered bag.

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It’s 18cm x 11cm, looks pretty nice but reeks a little. I guess the smell goes after awhile.

Info-card (front and back);

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I am most excited about the Etude House Dear My Blooming Lips-talk in PK005. I do like this lipstick range and tried their other colors before. PK005 is a light pink, which is almost salmon-ish. It works for people with very fair skin but not so much with darker skins (makes me look like a tanned barbie in summer … :O ).

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The design is super cute! ❤ I like the pink and embossed lipstick and all, but the ribbon ring on the tube is a flaw. It breaks so easily! My previous blooming lipsticks are mostly void of the ring.

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I wouldn’t call this a long-wearing lipstick, but it applies nicely and has a nice color. It is perfect for gradient lips if paired with a darker pink. 🙂 I like that Etude lipsticks come with so many choices and make an adorable gift for any girl friend.

The lip brush that came in this bag looks interesting. it is actually detachable and retractable.

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Just pop one end into the other and the brush shows iteself. It is quite….err bushy (?) and doesn’t seem to be right for precise application. Thank god this bag contains a lip liner to fix that.

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Idk, it isn’t the best lip applicator. I was looking forward because my Vivito painting pod needed one.

I’m sure you will feel blessed when you use this, because its the Holy Berry Tint by Holika Holika! (sorry for bad jokes)

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It tastes like artificial berries lol. I don’t think it is any better than Tony Moly’s or Benetint, but if you just need a quick stain to head out the door, then this is alright. I will put this on in 3 seconds to answer my door or run to the store.

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Mine was in 02 Raspberry. Well, you could use this to mix with a basic BB cream in an empty cushion pact to make a blush! I have been experimenting with various lip colors and I think it is a fun idea for people with too many BB creams and lip tints to spare. (I mixed my unused Clarins BB + Innisfree lip tint mousse + Peripera tint to create this salmon pink blush which I love using daily! 😀 )

The Etude House Soft touch Auto lipliner is a product to have in terms of application and price. It does remind me very much of the Tony Moly lip liner received from a previous bag. This one is slightly darker and tugs less.

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I don’t wear a lot of red lips, but this bag is starting to re-inspire me. 🙂

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This photo is under the sunlight so the real color is slightly darker than that.

We are no stranger to lip patches~ The Tony Moly Lip patch (I know the info card says Etude house..) is pretty much the same as compared to other hydrogel lip masks I have tried.

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Cooling and silencing 😛 This product is just what you need if you suffer from dry, chapped lips.

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It is another product to introduce to my countrymates. We don’t often see a lip mask around here you know..

Aritaum is a brand I have been waiting to see more of in subscriptions. We got their Baby Lips Balm in this bag. Mine was Power Hyaluronic Acid.

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I have not tried this, but I guess any lip balm is pretty handy to have in your handbag. This version is said to hydrate without stickiness. Of course, there is nothing worse than having gel-like lips which adheres your hair as the wind blows. :/

I’m glad that Beauteque chose to add in a lip scrub as well! The Nature Republic by Flower Lip Scrub is a granulated scrub that helps soften and smoothen lips.

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I was always confused as to when to use a lip scrub! I kept forgetting that I should scrub when I wash my face in the mornings, and not after I have applied all my skincare steps because then i will just wash everything around my lip area off. I did try to remove scrubs with a cotton and then apply lipstick on but its just a mess and granules can taste blergh. So scrub when you cleanse! 😀

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Okay, I like how well-rounded this bag is. You get everything from a scrub, a lip liner to an applicator. They aren’t the best choices for me, but I do like how varied this is. I do wish they’d include a hot item from VDL/ 3CE/ Clio instead of that lip brush and lip tint. It’s a personal preference but eccentric color choices like violet or burgundy would have elevated the bag to a must-have.

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You can get the regular BB bags and other product offers here: Beauteque.com (also sign up immediately for a $3 rebate) or find their other monthly subscriptions at Beautequemonthly.com. For mask lovers, rejoice because Beaeteque is now offering Mask Maven too (10 mask/ month sub)!

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This bag was sent for review purposes but the opinions are honest and true to my experience.

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Beautequemonthly BB Bag Marvelous May unbagging

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I am so excited for this month’s BB bag! It’s themed Marvelous May, and marvelous it is ❤

Before we start unbagging, lets talk about Beauteque‘s subscription bag. 🙂

The Beauteque’s new sub program will come with a month-to-month subscription and three other different options: 3 month, 6 month, 12 month (all are prepaid).
3 months is $24/m
6 months is $23/m and
12 months is $22/m

WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE:

7 full sized products in every bag
-a value between $65 to $85
-makeup, skincare, jewelry, lifestyle products
-products from Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Europe, America

SUBSCRIPTION CALENDAR:

-subscriptions are from the 15th to the 15th (ex. If you subscribe on January 16th, you will be receiving the February bag and so on)
-Beauteque will ship out bags from the 5th to the 15th (customers will be guaranteed to receive their bag that specific month)
-Beauteque will email options to customers on the 1st and they must reply with their responses for the options by the 5th or the options will be picked at random (ex. lipstick color, hand cream scent, toner type,etc)

SHIPPING COSTS:

Beauteque ships to US, Canada, and Europe mailing addresses with the following fees;
-US ($3.95/m)
-Canada ($5.95/m)
-Europe ($8.95/m)

This year’s bags- read my reviews to get an idea! 🙂
February: Sweethearts BB Bag
March: Our Lips are Sealed
April: Mad for Plaid

 

You can also read about my Head to Toe bag reviews (these are the BB bag’s cousins, also curated by Beauteque!).

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I love the concept for this month. We don’t often get body mists and lash curlers, and these kinda elevate the curation you know. 😀 Most of us beauty junkies have enough in our stash and useful daily items are what we seek!

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The info card

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Shall we start of with this really pretty gold-plated lash curler from The Face Shop? 

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Photogenic from all angle 😀

I am currently using this one from Nature Republic and it is satisfactory, but this new lash curler couldn’t come at a better time because I needed a replacement!

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I find Korean/ Japanese lash curlers really good and economical! They also come with a silicone strip as replacement when they become worn/ dirty after prolonged usage.

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The next item is the Holika Holika Pig Nose clear blackhead starter. This product is pretty much the gel that helps lift the gunk out of their lair! It is said to contain pink clay that absorbs excess sebum and soften those stubborn blackheads.

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I don’t know how efficacious this is with one use, but I do adore the 3-step product from the same line. Seriously though, if anyone has a blackhead problem, try those nose strips for guaranteed satisfaction. This one might just be a great adjunct. We’ll see!

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The It’s Skin Mini Bebe mist is another item I looked forward to. I chose “shining apple” because I love sweeter, fresher scents. I can tell you that Korean hair fragrance/ body mists are all fabulous!!! Maybe I am generalizing things a little, but I have certainly not gotten any mist that smells bad. ❤

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I can’t wait to pop this into my bag during summer. You know how horrid it can smell in the public transports in Europe after a hot day out. Blueh 😛 This is what I need since it is almost palm size and doesn’t weigh a brick.

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The Nature Republic Bulgarian rose essence is sort of like a toner slash mist which refreshes the skin after cleansing. It serves to ‘start’ (as the Koreans would like to call it) the makeup or skin care routine. I love that it is packed with Vitamin A and C, both antioxidants for brighter and younger skin.

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Look how cute this is!

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It smells only subtly of roses– for those who are afraid of strong rose scents. 🙂

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Another Nature Republic product is the Vivid Tint Bar (SPF 15 PA+). This one fits the May-lets-prepare-for-hotter-weather bag as it has sun protection on top of moisturizing and tinting.

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The Mik@tvonk Auto Eyeliner pencil is some of the few products I have not tested long enough from this bag. I have to admit I do have too many black eyeliners in my possession currently. One side seems to be matte and the other end shimmery. It did apply a little dry (not like those smooth kohl liners) and may tug at the eye lines. I’m on the edge about this, but I will give it more tries. The shimmery end seems interesting enough though!

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The May Island Donkey Milk Skin Mask came as a pair: Mela-Tox and Wrinkle filler. Did someone say donkey milk?

I jumped onto the bandwagon awhile ago, and loved some donkey milk-based products. It does sound squirmish as first, but they are great for people struggling with dry skin!

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Ingredients;

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Fortunately, my dry skin days are gone, so these might be passed over to my mum. I do like the 3-step concept, because you can just carry some of these masks while traveling and not worry about carrying your heavy tubes of cleanser and ampoule~ 🙂

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It is obvious that this month’s bag is one of the bloggers’ favs. I adore how color-coordinated this bag is~

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Obviously the curations can be taken differently according to individual tastes, but this one is a winner across the globe~ I like how practical they are. Shall I reveal my <3?

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YAS. 😀

You can get the regular BB bags and other product offers here: Beauteque.com (also sign up immediately for a $3 rebate) or find their other monthly subscriptions at Beautequemonthly.com. For mask lovers, rejoice because Beauteque is now offering Mask Maven too (10 mask/ month sub)!

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This bag was sent for review purposes but the opinions are honest and true to my experience.

Testerkorea Haul #3

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Read my other testerkorea hauls unboxings here and here.

Okay, I have to admit that Testerkorea’s prices are unbeatable for lightweight items (because shipping is taken into account). They might be reselling their free samples for moneys but at least they ain’t taking too much profit from normal priced items. We do receive pack samples (5 foils) for presumably every $30-40 purchase. 🙂

Order date: 24/12/2015
Shipped: 30/12/2015 (but it only left Korea on 14/1 wth Korea post?!)
Received: 20/1/2015

That’s almost a month, but they were probably waiting on one item that had to be ordered from the manufacturer. (read on)

My order this time is a bit larger than the previous two. It is packed to the brim in a squarish box!

 

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The shipping costs were 9,670 won via normal air mail so the total came up to 76,380 won (or approx $75).

I shared part of this haul with my cousin since I was over at her place and decided to pull her to the ‘dark side’ aka Korean beauty obsession.

 

I was most excited to get this: the Iope Air cushion XP refill. Yeah, I’m cheapo like that. I have two other casings and decided that I should just take one in case I don’t like the formulation or something. When I bought this, it costs approx $13- much cheaper than most ebay sellers. 😛

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I’m excited to test this one out since it is highly raved and so-called the “mother of all cushions”. Stay tuned for a separate review post~

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Next up is a blusher that keeps going OOS. Yeah, like that Peripera cushy blusher..I gave up. 😦 The A’pieu finger blusher is cute and all, but I didn’t appreciate how cute the size was.

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Ruler for dimensions

The blusher is a pretty light pink, but too light to be seen under natural lighting. Idk…I’m not loving this much :/

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Maybe I’ll stick to using my lip tints/ cheek & lip products for a better blush payoff.

I’m also convinced that their 3CE products are genuine. Since the internet is plagued with fake cosmetics from this brand, I was apprehensive to order more.

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I guess they were waiting on this item for so long before my order could be shipped. It is still in it’s original wrapping with barcode and all. 🙂

YES to purple lippie. ❤ ❤

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I’d say this is quite worth the wait? The lipstick does make my order 😀 I’m pretty pleased with the color although it might look dark pink-ish under low lights.

I adore how pigmented the Innisfree Creamy Tint Lip Mousse was (got another shade before this) and had to pick a lighter pink (#1) for gradient-making. 😛

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Be warned though, these highly pigmented lip stuff are often pretty dry on the lips. Chapped lips will show and it won’t be pretty…

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It is a nice color and quite wearable daily.

Yup, I needed a better lash curler after that disastrous (cheap) one from Y.E.T. That brand is just bleh. Now this is what you call proper. It is the Natural Republic one and comes with an extra silicon replacement. It does not have a spring but you can control the amount of strength nicely.

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For this price, I totally recommend this curler. 😉

Another two little items from Natural Republic were my hand sanitizers. I’m slightly germophobic so this would always come in handy.

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The duo was packed into a separate plastic with my blusher, spot patches and etc.

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They are both super tiny (30ml each) and costs $2 something each. Oh well, at least the divine peach and grape smell makes up for it. I do think drugstore ones would be cheaper but they don’t smell this good.

I’m also having a hand-cream mania moment and had a difficult time eliminating all the 9293713 other hand creams loaded in the cart. The e-choice hand cream is a bit more than $1.50 (only!) and smells exactly of honeydew. Urm..yum?!

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And did I mention PENGUIN? Oh. ❤

Some beauty tools: Missha makeup sponge (so worth the price!), 2 cushion sponge replacements, Innisfree spray bottle (for more Blithe misting water experiments~) and my staple Missha oil blotter.

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Okay I didn’t snap individual pics of the Skin Food point makeup remover, Innisfree hydrogel masks, Skin food nose strips etc etc but man, I’m just so glad I got my order already.

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Here is a list of what I ordered;

Name Price(won) Qty Total(won)
TOTAL 66,710
E CHOICE Melon Hand Cream 60g 1,000 1 1,000
STYLENANDA 3 Concept Eyes #602 V Striking Neon Purple 3.5g 17,900 1 17,900
INNISFREE Creamy Tint Lip Mousse 7,000 1 7,000
INNISFREE Eco Beauty Tool Spray Type Dispenser 30ml 1,050 1 1,050
NATURE REPUBLIC Nature`s Deco Eyelash Burler Make up Tool 2,450 1 2,450
THE FACE SHOP Daily Perfumed Hand Cream 30ml 2,310 1 2,310
HOLIKAHOLIKA Penguin’s Dream (Limited Collection) 2,730 1 2,730
INNISFREE Green Tea Hydro Gel Mask 25g 1,400 1 1,400
MISSHA Oil control Film 50ea 1,540 1 1,540
IOPE Air Cushion XP Refill 15g 12,600 1 12,600
SKINFOOD Black Bean Nose Pack 7pcs 2,380 1 2,380
[S] Skinfood Seaweed Waterproof Point Make-up Remover Tissue 2pcs*10ea. 2,100 1 2,100
MISSHA Magic Cushion Case Replacement Sponge 2 pcs 1,050 1 1,050
A’PIEU NonCo Tea Tree Spot Patch 12pcs 350 1 350
MISSHA Speedy Solution Anti Trouble Patch-1ea 350 1 350
NATURE REPUBLIC Hand & Nature Sanitizer Gel 30ml 1,400 1 1,400
NATURE REPUBLIC Hand & Nature Sanitizer Gel 30ml 1,400 1 1,400
INNISFREE Hydro Gel Mask 25g 1,400 1 1,400
MISSHA Fresh Colorful Make-up Sponge (25pcs) 2,800 1 2,800
A’PIEU Finger Blusher 10ml 3,500 1 3,500

 

I’ll be waiting on my next. Obviously TTK is a great (and dangerous) place to shop but you have to be as patient as a saint.