I’m sort of at a turning point in terms of my kbeauty box reviews.
While I was desperately trying to grow my sad kbeauty collection in my first year of blogging, I’m now trying to control and tame it. I actually bought and read a book about tidying in order to help deal with it. Beauty boxes were a big part of growing my collection and learning about a range of products, but now I’m more into targeted buys. Fan-b’s past is very much kbeauty box-y, but I’m not quite sure what to do about the future since pretty much any box I receive, if evaluated in terms of its usefulness to me, is going to be put through a critical blender and smashed through the screen that is my fear of owning too much stuff. Especially stuff that I open once, contaminate, and have to toss out. It seems pretty wasteful.
That said, I enjoy beauty boxes and I think that well done ones are totally the way to build a collection quickly and level up one’s beauty game hard and fast. It makes sense for me to review or unbox various boxes from time to time since that’s part of the blog’s identity and, well, I have received a fair number and feel comfortable evaluating them.
Mishibox contacted me to ask if I would be interested in receiving a sample (free) box for review. I was still trying to work out my feelings about how beauty boxes fit into the blog and how the products inside might fit into my ridiculous collection, so I turned that offer (kind as it was!) down and just bought the first box instead. I figured that if I didn’t feel like reviewing it, having bought it myself would be an easy way to dodge writing a review that I wasn’t up for doing. The box cost $18.95 (including shipping) and from July’s box, Mishibox will be offered as a monthly or annual subscription. You can sign up here.
While talking to my mom yesterday I learned that my cousin enjoys reading my blog and really liked the things I sent her earlier this year. This gave me a good idea: rather than trying to figure out which of these products could be somehow incorporated into my product overflow nightmare, I’m going to evaluate the box based on how excited I am to share the products with people I know who are already into kbeauty or might be lured into it. According to that standard, this box does really well.
Can we take a look at this info card and give thanks?? Look at that: recommendations to patch test?? ENGLISH INGREDIENT TRANSLATIONS?!?!!? [HERE] I’m wheEZING. YAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.
Translation is hard work (although finding ingredients is less difficult now thanks to the Hwahae app–tutorial by lostinpretty here) and providing that for a lot of products is a total drag. This is really next level and sets Mishibox apart. Hot damn.
The instructions are clear, there are prices and photos, and the descriptions make sense. Clearly this is really well thought out. I’m impressed.
banila co. Clean it Zero sample (7g)
I’ve tried this cleansing balm many times via boxes–it first arrived in the Peach & Lily Seoulcialite box and then in a 3B Box. I reviewed it in my massive first-step cleanser review, where it came in 3rd out of 5 balms. Balms overall didn’t fare well due to the use of polyethylene in all balm formulas I tested and the fact that they don’t seem to melt down as fully or wash away as completely as oil cleansers.
That said, for someone who hasn’t tried oil cleansing before, this product could be a revelation. One applies it to dry, makeupy, oily skin and massages it in for about a minute before using a lot of water to rinse it off. It’s important to follow with a second (foam, bubbling, milk) cleanser to remove all of the remaining makeup and residue from the balm, but it does a good job of gently removing tons of nasty stuff fast and without skin irritation.
I’ve given my mom a million of these minis, so I’ll stick this in my cousin’s kbeauty fanbox for her to try. She has sensitive skin, so this will likely be a good way to help remove makeup without irritation. Rock on.
Benton Honest Cleansing Foam (8g)
This cleanser has a high pH level and the cases of people having horrible, out-of-the-ordinary breakouts while using Benton products have not stopped. Just over a year ago I had a major and weird breakout while using a Benton aloe toner that later appeared to have something growing in it. I don’t want anything like that to happen to the skin of people I care about, so this product and the mask below are headed for the garbage, sadly.
Benton Snail Bee High Content Mask Pack (1 sheet)
Nope, not even a sheet mask.
Holika Holika Aloe 99% Soothing Gel (250ml/8.45oz)
This packaging is really cute, especially if one isn’t as familiar with kbeauty skincaretainment. My skincare fridge is already bursting with various plant gels, but I know that my cousin likes to spend time at the lake in summer, so this gel could be perfect for her in case of sun exposure or a waterskiing burn. I recommend storing it in the fridge for a fast jolt of cold relief.
Holika Holika Jewel Light Waterproof Eyeliner in 08 Pink Topaz
OMG I googled swatches of this (since I don’t want to bust this open and get it germy before sending it off to someone else) and this color is SO PRETTY! Waaah!
UNF BEAUTIFUL! And it’s so kbeauty: that glittery light pink that can be used to highlight one’s undereye. Love it. I need my cousin to have this–it’s so YAAAAY! omg.
Skylake Oriental Herb Cool Shampoo (40ml)
SCREAM! OMG! This is actually my favorite shampoo. It’s made by Skylake, which has a store in NYC’s Koreatown. I’m attached to this shampoo on account of the fact that it’s actually super gentle on my skin (I mean, shampoo ends up hitting your skin, so it makes sense to pick something your skin likes) and feels really good on my scalp. The ingredient list is actually more like something I would expect to find in skincare–lots of extracts and there’s even a chunk of root floating right in the sample bottle. So fun. Since trying this shampoo over a year ago I haven’t bought any other kind since. Oh, and it’s really gentle on my hair, too, leaving it soft and hydrated.
This is an amazing and unique choice for the box and I totally love it. Cat over at Snow White and the Asian Pear was coveting this, so I’m going to send her the sample since I can re-up my supply at any time and I really want her to try it.
This was a really good launch box for people with less kbeauty stuff (99% of people I think?) than me. Although Benton was kind of a flukey miss due to my own skin issues that I associate with the brand, I’m really pleased that I’ll be able to excitedly share four of the items with people that I think will love and appreciate them.
Mishibox, based on the info card and ingredient translations on their website, has set the foundation for what I hope is a long and productive future by preemptively responding to what customers have been requesting from kbeauty boxes for some time. If you’re looking to build your collection or expand your beauty horizons I think that Mishibox is a good choice.
Rock on, nice work, Mishibox!