Beauty Box Korea Review

A review of the new online Korean beauty retailer, another Skinfood x Snoopy haul, and more!

Two weeks ago, I posted this announcement about the Skinfood x Snoopy collection and placed an order with Beauty Box Korea. My package arrived yesterday afternoon and I could not be more pleased with it!

Review of Beauty Box Korea —

Site navigation: The site is very easy to navigate. Everything is written in English and the prices are listed in USD. They have a huge selection, as well as a product request page. It looks like they’re still working out some minor details, but I have not encountered any issues.

Payment: You can pay via PayPal, credit card, or bank transfer.

Prices: As I mentioned in my announcement, their prices are extremely competitive. A large selection of sheet masks are priced under $1, from popular brands such as Tony Moly, Aritaum, Innisfree, etc. Most items are offered at a discounted price, and there are also coupons and reward points.

Shipping: Shipping costs are comparable to other online retailers. There are two options: EMS and standard shipping by weight, with the latter being the cheaper option. My package weighed 780 grams and shipping cost $14. The estimated shipping duration was 7-35 days, but my package arrived in just under 2 weeks. I placed my order on the 12th and the items were shipped from Seoul on the 13th. The items arrived at LAX on the 20th and were delivered to me (North Bay Area) on the 25th.

Packaging: I am so impressed with Beauty Box Korea’s packaging. They really take care to ensure that the products will arrive safely. My items were delivered in a brown cardboard box, which was fully protected with clear tape along all of its joints and edges. The box was taped up so well that I actually had difficulty opening it up (not a bad thing). Inside, each item was wrapped with bubble wrap.

Beauty Box Korea Review

These are the A’Pieu sheet masks that I ordered, along with a free sample pack. Seriously, how adorable is this packaging? I am in love.

Beauty Box Korea - Cute Packaging

Promotions: For new members, Beauty Box Korea is offering a new membership discount (10% off) and free gift ($5 coupon). These cancelled out the cost of shipping for me. As you shop, you’ll also notice that certain items offer reward points. Reward points can be redeemed after your order has been delivered.

Rating: Without a doubt, 5/5. I’m very, very happy with Beauty Box Korea and will definitely order from them again. The prices were great, the products arrived in perfect condition, and they also included a lot of samples and a free gift. Keep reading to see the free gift and the full haul!


Skinfood x Snoopy Haul, Part 2

Beauty Box Korea Skinfood x Snoopy Limited Edition Value Set

This is the Limited Edition Value Set that I ordered. It includes the Peanuts-embossed Royal Honey Cover Bounce Cushion, Royal Honey Good Moisturizing Cream, Marshmallow Hand Cream, Propolis Nourishing Lip Oil, and limited edition Snoopy & Woodstock pouch. The pouch is printed canvas and cushioned on both sides. I also ordered Innisfree Skinny Long Long Cara mascara, which I’ve read great things about.

I was really excited that Beauty Box Korea had the Skinfood x Snoopy clutch, which is a printed red leather pouch with black interior. I did not pay attention to the dimensions, and it turned out to be much bigger than I expected (300 x 220 mm). I’m actually very happy with the size, as I think it will be super useful for work and travel.

Skinfood x Snoopy Limited Edition Clutch

Here it is with my Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 for comparison:

Skinfood x Snoopy Limited Edition Clutch with Samsung Galaxy Tab 4

I also ordered a bunch of sheet masks, which were cheap and did not affect my shipping cost.

Beauty Box Korea Sheet Masks

And these are the free items that I received with my order:

Beauty Box Korea Free Gift and Samples

The Missha Bubble Maker looks like it will be super fun to use, and I can’t wait to try out all of the samples! Thanks, Beauty Box Korea!

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to check out my my original Skinfood x Snoopy haul from Tester Korea.

Lush BOGO Picks: Joy to the World + Santa’s Belly

See what I bought during the Lush Christmas BOGO sale, plus reviews for all of the items inside both gift sets!

I recently popped my head into the closest Lush store to see what Christmas BOGO items were still in stock. The selection was quite limited, but they had a lot of bar soaps, lip tints, and some gift sets. I chose the Joy to the World and Santa’s Belly gift sets.

Lush Christmas BOGO Mini Haul

Jump to a specific item review:
• Joy to the World Gift Set, $19.95 — Snowcake | Love And Light
• Santa’s Belly Gift Set, $23.95 — Stardust | Santa’s Belly | Reindeer Rock


Joy to the World Gift Set

Lush Joy to the World Gift Set

The Joy to the World gift set comes wrapped in a pretty white and gold printed paper, with a neat bow on top. The products are contained in a cardboard box, with some peanuts inside for added protection.

Lush Joy to the World Gift Set Unboxing

Inside the box, there is a bar of Snowcake and a jar of Love And Light hand cream.

Lush Joy to the World Gift Set Contents

Snowcake Soap Review

Snowcake Soap

  • Packaging: Lush soaps usually come naked (without any packaging), but this was actually nicely wrapped in clear plastic.
  • Scent: The soap is supposed to smell like marzipan, which I love, but it doesn’t–at least, not quite. I think the scent is a mixture of marzipan (almond), cinnamon, medicine, and old people. Yes, it smells as strange as that sounds.
  • Texture: The soap feels soft and the raised ends are pliable. It is very creamy.
  • Experience: Snowcake lathers decently and cleans very effectively. My hands feel moisturized after using this soap, although I still need to follow with hand cream. The gold glitter washes off immediately under running water, and the rest of the bar is just creamy white soap. The scent stays on the skin for a few hours, so use at your own risk.
  • Best use: I have been using this primarily as a hand soap.
  • Rating: 2/5, because I can’t get over the odd smell.

Love And Light Hand Cream Review

Love And Light Hand Cream

  • Packaging: Like the full-sized version, the hand cream comes in a black pot with screw-on lid. The pot contains 1.5 oz (45 g) of product, so it’s shorter and smaller than what’s shown in the official product photo.
  • Scent: Lush describes this product as “fruity and fragrant.” I think it has a very citrus and spicy scent. The citrus smell is definitely more on the orange side, thanks to a blend of orange oil, neroli oil, and orange flower in the ingredients. This hand cream reminds me of the natural smell of orange blossoms on a tree, but also of Fruit Loops. Actually, the more I smell it, the more it smells like Fruit Loops.
  • Texture: The product actually has a very light and smooth consistency, kind of like emulsion.
  • Experience: My hands constantly look dry and overworked, so I’m always on the search for a good hand cream. I applied some Love And Light yesterday evening, and was surprised to find that my hands were still soft and moisturized when I woke up this morning! The scent is quite faint once applied to the skin, which is a plus.
  • Tips & tricks: With this hand cream, a little bit goes a long way! Apply a small amount to your hands first, massage well, then add more as needed. Using too much product will cause your skin to look and feel extremely oily.
  • Rating: 4/5. It’s not my favorite hand cream ever, but it definitely does a great job.

Santa’s Belly Gift Set

Lush Santa's Belly Gift Set

All of the Santa’s Belly gift sets were covered in white, powdery dust. [I had to clean the exterior surface for the photos.] I had no idea why, until I opened the adorable ornament-like metal tin…

Lush Santa's Belly Gift Set Unboxing

Although the soap was wrapped in clear plastic, the bath bomb was not. This resulted in a messy powdery explosion.

The Santa’s Belly gift set contains: Stardust bath bomb, Santa’s Belly shower jelly, and Reindeer Rock soap.

Lush Santa's Belly Gift Set Contents

Stardust Bath Bomb Review

Stardust Bath Bomb

  • Packaging: Although Lush bath bombs normally don’t have any packaging, I really wish that this had been wrapped in clear plastic like the soaps. That would have prevented the powdery mess that infected everything it could touch.
  • Scent: The bath bomb smells sweet like vanilla. In its solid form, it has a very strong scent; however, the fragrance quickly dissipates once immersed in water.
  • Texture: Solid and dusty, but easily breaks and crumbles into powder.
  • Experience: I don’t take baths anymore, but I recently started doing foot soaks with epsom salts and bath bombs. This bath bomb has an aqua blue center, so it turns water into a milky light blue color. It leaves my skin smelling sweet, and it is not drying at all.
  • Rating: 4/5. I would purchase this again.

Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly Review

Santa's Belly Shower Jelly

  • Packaging: The shower jelly (3.5 oz) comes in a smaller version of the container shown above–a clear pot with screw-on lid.
  • Scent: I absolutely love the juicy apple fragrance!
  • Texture: Shower jelly literally feels like dense jello. It’s smooth and jiggly, and super slippery under running water.
  • Experience: This is definitely my favorite product from the mini haul. The jelly lathers up very well, creating a lot of bubbles, and is an efficient cleaner. As a body wash, it feels very luxurious and is a great moisturizer. The apple fragrance really comes out in the shower and lingers on the skin afterwards, without being too strong. As a shampoo, it made my hair super soft and shiny, sans conditioner.
  • Tips & tricks: When using this as a body soap, take a small chunk and crush it into a shower pouf. This is the most efficient way to use the product, and the pouf will also enhance the lather.
    If using the jelly directly on the body, keep it whole in order to prevent precious pieces falling down the drain.
    To use the product as shampoo, I recommend lathering it up in your hands, then working your hands through your hair. Otherwise, your hair can easily cut through the jelly and waste it.
    In the summer, or whenever you want a cooling shower sensation, store the jelly in your fridge/freezer. When using the chilled product, keep it whole or else it will quickly warm up under running water.
  • Rating: 5/5. I absolutely love this stuff and will definitely be buying more shower jellies from now on.

Reindeer Rock Soap Review

Reindeer Rock Soap

  • Packaging: Like Snowcake, Reindeer Rock was also neatly wrapped in clear plastic.
  • Scent: This soap smells just like lingonberries. Thank you, IKEA, for teaching me this.
  • Texture: The soap has a soft touch and is somewhat malleable. If you look closely at my photos, you’ll see that the edges of the soap were completely bent to the shape of the metal tin. Under running water, the soap feels jelly-like and becomes incredibly slippery.
  • Experience: My bar actually had a purple plum color, as opposed to the lingonberry/cranberry color shown on the Lush website. The reindeer is cute, but the silver glitter washes off immediately. There is glitter throughout the bar, but that also washes away as the soap melts. This soap doesn’t have much of a lather, but it smells nice and cleans well. It did not moisturize my skin, but it wasn’t drying either.
  • Warning: This soap may stain, so take caution with where you store it. The color immediately bleeds into water, and it completely stained the plastic that it was packaged in.
  • Rating: 3/5. Reindeer Rock is not moisturizing, but it cleanses well and smells great.

Overall Impressions

Average ratings
Joy to the World Gift Set: 3/5
Santa’s Belly Gift Set: 4/5

My favorite product of the bunch is Santa’s Belly shower jelly, and I also really liked Stardust. I initially thought about buying two Santa’s Belly gift sets and skipping Joy to the World, and now I kind of wish I did. Although the hand cream is great, I was very disappointed by Snowcake. Nonetheless, it was so much fun testing all the different products!

Have you tried any of these products? Did you make any purchases during the BOGO sale? Share your answers with me in the comments!

All individual product photos are from LushUSA.com.

Tester Korea Review, featuring Skinfood x Snoopy Haul

Last month, I discovered the limited edition Skinfood x Snoopy collection and totally freaked out. I started furiously tapping on my keyboard, trying to figure out how to get my hands on the products. I even called the nearest Skinfood store (Stonestown Galleria in SF) to ask if the collaboration would be coming to the US. (In case it isn’t obvious, the answer was no.)

Here’s a look at the full collection:

Skinfood x Snoopy Honey Hug Me Limited Edition Collection Skinfood x Snoopy Limited Edition Skin Care Skinfood x Snoopy Limited Edition Makeup

I was easily able to find the products online, but decided to order from Tester Korea. This was my first experience ordering from Tester Korea, but I’ve seen several other beauty bloggers order from them so I had no doubts that they are a legitimate retailer. Their prices and shipping costs are also very reasonable.


Review of Tester Korea —

Site navigation: The site is very easy to navigate. Everything is written in English. The prices are listed in KRW, but there are currency exchange rates conveniently provided in the website header.

Shipping: Tester Korea ships internationally and provides several different shipping options (see here). I placed my order on December 12th and chose Registered Small Packets (Air Mail) as my shipping option–one of the cheaper options for my region. The package shipped on December 18th and arrived on January 4th, so it took about 3 weeks from the order date (from South Korea to California, USA).

Packaging: The products arrived in a sturdy yellow plastic box. It was very neatly packed, and nothing was damaged (shown below). I also appreciate the extra packaging that was provided on my cushion, lip tint, and hand creams, each of which already had a box or plastic wrapper. I also received a few samples with my order.

Skinfood x Snoopy Tester Korea Packaging

Rating: 5/5, for sure! I am very pleased with Tester Korea. The prices were all very reasonable and the items arrived much sooner than I had expected. I will definitely be ordering from them again in the future.


My Skinfood x Snoopy Haul —

Skinfood x Snoopy Haul

I totally wanted to buy the entire collection but I am (surprisingly) not that ridiculous or irrational.

Clockwise from the top left:

  • Black Sugar Honey Mask Wash Off
  • Royal Honey Essential Mist
  • Royal Honey Good Moisturizing Cream
  • Marshmallow & Shea Butter Hand Cream
  • Marshmallow & Honey Hand Cream
  • Marshmallow Hand Cream
  • Free samples from Tester Korea
  • Propolis Nourishing Lip Oil (02 Relaxing Snoopy)
  • Royal Honey Cover Bounce Cushion (02 Natural Beige)

Another thing that I love about this collection is its rose gold tone. Just look how pretty the cushion is!

Skinfood x Snoopy Royal Honey Cover Bounce Cushion

The cushion comes with a special Snoopy-patterned applicator (not shown). I am very excited to use this and will definitely post a review soon.

Tester Korea sent me free samples of Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Borabit Ampoule, The History of Whoo Jinyul Eye Cream, and Skinfood Watery Berry Toner + Emulsion. I’ve heard a lot of great things about the Missha ampoule, so I’m looking forward to trying it out.

Skinfood x Snoopy Haul - Free Samples

Overall, I am very happy with my purchase and I can’t wait to share my thoughts with you all. Is there any item that you’re most interested in learning about? Let me know in the comments!

November 2015 Nature Republic Haul

Can you believe it’s November? November is actually my favorite month of the year, thanks to sweater weather, baking season, Thanksgiving, and holiday shopping. Plus, this month is off to a great start because it’s only the 2nd and I already have a haul of new beauty products to try 🙂

My friends and I made a spontaneous visit to Nature Republic in Rancho Cordova yesterday. This is the only Nature Republic location in Northern California and it is located inside of the Koreana Plaza International Market. The prices here are quite similar to those in South Korea and cheaper than what I have seen online (Soko Glam), so I always make the long drive to purchase items in store.

There were a couple of things that I needed to restock on but, as always, I ended up buying something extra. Luckily, I didn’t go overboard this time. Let’s take a look at what I brought home!

November 2015 Nature Republic Haul

Items purchased:

  • Aqua Super Aqua Max Combination Watery Cream — This is hands down my favorite cream moisturizer.
  • Super Origin Collagen BB Cream SPF 25 PA++ — I use this BB cream daily and love the formula.
  • Auto Eyebrow (02 Dark Brown) — I believe this is a newly repackaged version of the Flower Auto Eyebrow that I featured in my September favorites, but I’m not sure.
  • Bee Venom Mist Essence — I’m a huge fan of the Bee Venom Roll On Spot, so I’m very excited to try this.

I also received a generous amount of samples with my purchase (approximately $55) and an EXO Baekhyun fan (not pictured).

November 2015 Nature Republic Haul - Samples

Samples received:

  • Ginseng Royal Silk Watery Cream
  • Aqua Super Aqua Max Combination Watery Cream — They always give out samples of this product, even if you’ve just purchased a jar. I like to save them for my travel bag!
  • Jeju Sparkling Mud Foam Cleanser
  • Cell Boosting Essential Skin and Emulsion
  • Snail Solution Skin Booster
  • Snail Solution Foam Cleanser
  • Snail Solution Mask Sheet

I have the Snail Solution Emulsion, but nothing else from the line, so I’m excited to try out all of the Snail Solution samples.

Which product are you most interested in learning more about? Let me know in the comments!

My first Memebox + Skinfood Carrot Collagen Eye Sheet Review

Over the weekend, I received my first-ever order from Memebox. I’ve known about the website for a while now, but I usually purchase my Korean skin care products directly in-store. I was attracted to Memebox this time for two main reasons:

  1. They sell the Too Cool For School Dinoplatz UFO Multibox, which I have been obsessing about.
  2. Last week, Memebox had a special promotion for new and existing DramaFever Premium subscribers–25% off for existing subscribers.

Here’s my order:

Memebox October 2015 Haul

Isn’t it pretty? I love the bright pink packaging! By the way, all of these photos are 100% unedited. Lighting was good to me today.

The box contains:

I’m very pleased with my Memebox experience and will definitely be ordering more from them in the future. Since Memebox is based in San Francisco, I received my package within two days of placing the order. The items were bubble-wrapped for protection and, as you can see, they all arrived in perfect condition. In addition, I found that the Carrot Collagen Eye Sheets are cheaper on Memebox than they are in the Skinfood Valley Fair store–thus why I purchased four of them.

If you have any questions about Memebox or the products I ordered, feel free to leave them in the comments!


Skinfood Carrot Collagen Eye Sheet Review

You might remember this product from my in-flight beauty feature. I haven’t tried very many eye sheets, but so far this one is my absolute favorite.

Skinfood Carrot Collagen Eye Sheet

Description and ingredients from the back:

Skinfood Carrot Collagen Eye Sheet - Back

Inside, you will find this plastic, foil-covered capsule containing the eye sheets.

Skinfood Carrot Collagen Eye Sheet - Inside

  • Packaging: Skinfood really nailed the packaging with this product. Storing each individual eye sheet in different pockets of the capsule allows for easy and mess-free application. In addition, the eye sheets are saturated but not dripping with excess serum. I usually appreciate the extra essence, but not when I take these on the plane.
  • Scent: 100% unscented.
  • Texture: These are hydro gel eye sheets, so they are smooth, cooling, and jelly-like. Once the gel fully absorbs into your skin, you’ll be left with the soft mesh fabric.
  • Experience: Obviously, I’m a huge fan of these eye sheets. I use them whenever I need some serious moisture in my eye area. The hydro gel completely absorbs within 45 minutes, and it makes my skin look bright, fresh, and hydrated. Goodbye, tired, puffy eyes! In addition, these sheets really stick to your face. I’ve cleaned my room high and low with these on and they don’t fall off. Skinfood, I’m impressed.
  • Rating: 5/5, without a doubt.