styleXstyle’s The Little Black Beauty Box: December’s Shine Bright Box

While I’ve always wanted to subscribe to one of those monthly beauty boxes, I’ve been wary of what I’d get – beauty boxes tend aren’t particularly personalised, and you really aren’t sure what you’d get each month. For some other boxes, you just get a vague idea of what’s inside – I remember ordering a Japanese-themed Vanity Trove box quite a few years ago, and personally, I only liked a couple of products inside, and it was at least half-filled with foil sachets – no. No! I didn’t order a beauty box to receive foil samples!

That’s what I liked about The Little Black Beauty Box (known as TLBBB henceforth!) TLBBB is a uniquely-themed box is released each month, and you get to choose whether or not you want to order it. For instance, there was a Clarins-themed box in October last year.

I ordered December’s Shine Bright Box a little late (the vouchers have already expired!) on the 25th of January, and the box arrived just 2 days later on the 27th. The boxes are sold for $15.90 instead of the usual $22.90 once the vouchers have expired, and that’s fine for someone like me who doesn’t typically use vouchers.

This is what came in the box – 14 items in total!

What’s in the box:

1. Shiseido:
  • Perfect Rouge Deluxe Sample (2.5g) (I received RS612, Gilded Wine)
  • Luminising Satin Eye Color Trio
  • White Lucent Total Brightening Serum (9ml)
  • White Lucent Power Brightening Mask
  • White Lucent Brightening Spot-Control Base UV, 10ml (SGD$75 for 30ml!)
  • Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, 10ml

I’ve tried the Shiseido’s Aqualabel Special Gel Cream and the Shiseido Aqualabel Special Gel Cream (which was my favourite for years!), so it’s a good opportunity for me to try other lines in their skincare and makeup range. The deep red Gilded Wine I received is sooo vampy, and great for me to expand my lipstick collection at the moment! Not to mention my mum was kind of jealous, since it’s a Shiseido lipstick. 😛

(Cut: Strangely enough, the concentrate’s expiry date is in 2019. That’s much longer than the typical 3-year shelf-life of skincare products!)

2. NARS Nail Polish (15ml) (I received Schiap)

Every box has a random colour in it, and I received a gorgeous (and shocking!) bright pink, Schiap. NARS is a really luxe brand imo, so this full-sized polish (SGD$30 for 15ml) really came as a surprise in this box. Schiap is absolutely perfect for a Chinese New Year manicure!

3. Clé De Peau Beaute:
  • Wrinkle Correcting Concentrate (1.8ml) (not pictured)
  • Sheer Fluid Veil (0.3ml sachet)
  • Radiant Fluid Foundation (0.3ml sachet)
  • Refreshing Nourishing Emulsion (5ml)
  • Refreshing Protective Emulsion (5ml)
  • Refreshing Balancing Lotion (12ml)
  • Refreshing Cleansing Foam (6ml)

CDPB is beaaaaautiful!! While I’ve heard amazing things about their makeup, I suppose sampling their skincare range won’t hurt either! I’ll probably be passing on these products to my mum – ‘Wrinkle Correcting Concentrate’? Probably not suited for someone my age 😛

4. Vouchers (N.A. right now)

There are vouchers available for you to claim makeover sessions, and discounts from Tangs (since this is a collaboration with Tangs.), but the caveat of purchasing this box late, at $15.90, is that the vouchers no longer work.

Was this box worth it? Definitely. Since I chose to order this box, I was sure that I’d like about everything inside – in fact, I loved most of the products in the box! (save the foil sachets. Honestly, I can’t do anything with 0.3ml of product, and I’d much rather cosmetics companies leave them out.) I’m hooked right now, and I’m probably going to order more beauty boxes soon 🙂

“Haulidayin” – #2

While I was away at Grad Night, my most recent order finally arrived. I ordered some stuff off Qoo10 on 27th November, and both arrived on 2nd December – pretty fast, considering they came all the way from Seoul! My Testerkorea orders tend to take 2-3 weeks to arrive in Singapore – Qxpress is tons faster I must say.

I included my Asos swing earrings since Mary passed them to me during the sleepover. Pink faux pearl swing earrings!

1. Mizon 90% Toners (3 x 210ml for $15)

There was this great 1+1+1 deal for $15 on Qoo10, sold directly by Mizon themselves, and since I was in need of a toner I decided on this set. They’re actually ₩12,150.00 on Roseroseshop each – which would add up to around $45!! Mizon’s pricing schemes really confuse me, since their products are supposedly the cheapest on RRS… Anyway, thank goodness the toners were packaged in sealed plastic – the Bulg Rose toner leaked a little inside 😮

I’ve never tried these toners before, so I selected one of each:

  1. Witch Hazel, for ‘Pore Tightening’
  2. Camomile, for ‘Skin Soothing and Moisture’
  3. Bulg(arian) Rose, for ‘Deep Moisture and Sensitive’

From Mizon Korea

I was actually most excited for the Bulg Rose toner! I love anything remotely rose-scented – I think the only scented product I own is my rosewater spray. While they smell pretty good, I haven’t managed to try all of them yet, so I’ll post a review soon.

Mizon also packed in 2 free samples – No.1 Moist King’s Berry Mask Sheets! They actually retail for ₩2000 each.

2. Innisfree Soybean Energy Essence (3 x 50ml for $20)

I think this has been raved about more than enough online, so I won’t go into too much detail. This essence is usually compared to the SKII Facial Treatment Essence, and as such probably the Missha First Treatment Essence (I have a sample of this! I’ve yet to try it) as well. I’ll… also do a comparison of the 3 soon! Probably plus the Mizon dupe too.

My mum received a tiny 4ml sample (so cute!) of it a couple of months ago when we were shopping in the Innisfree flagship store in Ngee Ann City, and since she didn’t want it, I dumped some of it into my Missha Magic Cushion…. and then I realised I liked it. I slathered the remaining what, 1ml all over my face? and waited for results. Not sure what I expected with one use, but hey I liked it so I ordered more from Qoo10!

The essence cost me $20 for 50ml x 3, while it costs $53 for the same 150ml on I really love sample sized-items – they’re so much more portable, and I can keep most of the product fresh by keeping the rest away. I’d say there’s really little scent to it, as compared to many other heavily scented Innisfree products.

img_soybeanEssence_view1From Innisfree Global

Sample Queen – Part I

I don’t think samples really count as a part of your haul, but alright… Since I’ve got so many samples, I think they deserve their own post. I received/ordered quite a few items – some from free sources in Singapore, some from SampleStore, and some from Roseroseshop. First impressions included! I will come back to update this post once I’ve finished using the product.

1. Benton Snail Bee Essence & Steam Cream

Woo I hope this is good! Snails and Bees on my face – I’ve patch-tested this on my neck and it seems fine so far. First impression: the essence is really thick, and has to be swabbed out of the bottle by a cotton tip. The steam cream is scentless, and was very helpful when I was in the dry and dusty Taipei and Hong Kong.

First impression: ★★★★☆

2. Missha Super Aqua Ultra Water-full Clear Cream

I received 1 sachet of this in a previous TesterKorea order and I managed to get 3-4 uses on my full face out of one sachet! It was really good at hydrating my face and feels really light on my skin – so I got a 10-pack. I purchased a small airless pump bottle to store this in, and it’s held well for the past couple of months. However, this cost around SGD$4… Which is pricier than the Mizon Snail Recovery Gel.

First impression: 4half

3. Missha First Treatment Essence

Everyone raves about this, so I obviously had to get a 10-pack of samples. I transferred everything out of the foil samples into a small 18ml Muji bottle… Even though there’s supposedly 1ml in each packet, I’d say there’s slightly less – maybe about 0.8ml. Not a big deal, but just FYI.

First impression: ★★★★☆

4. Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule (i.e. Missha Long Name Ampoule)

I also transferred 8/10 sample packets into a 5ml bottle. I finished a Q10 serum from Skin Inc a couple of weeks ago, so the empty bottle came in pretty handy for this serum sample! I expect this to last me a good few weeks, since I use serums quite sparingly. (i.e. it’ll last long enough until I get my other serums from RRS :o) I’ve used this ampoule for a week now, and the consistency is quite thick.

First impression: ★★★★☆

5. Cetaphil Set

Of all the free samples I received, Cetaphil was the only one who provided 3 different products! Wenxin recommended the Gentle Skin Cleanser anyway, and yes it does what it says – it’s extremely gentle on my face, so it’s perfect after using a wipe-off, oil-based makeup cleanser. I’m definitely considering purchasing this!

First impression: ★★★★☆

6. Acnes Set 

I suppose this will be helpful every month…? Mum suggested I try this anyway… How… do I use the Sealing Jell though?

First impression: 3half

7. Hada Labo Samples

L-R: Whitening Perfect Gel, Gokujyun Lotion, Shirojyun Lotion

Perfect for travel! I currently own the big bottles anyway, I can always pour more in if the travel bottles run out. Maybe I’ll review the Hada Labo products I have in another post.

First impression: ★★★★★

8. Biore Micellar Cleansing Water

Err… Maybe the picture isn’t that relevant but this is AMAZING. Okay maybe just as amazing as my Bifesta Cleansing water but w o w one swab of this across eyeshadow and it’s clean!!!!! Maybe I’m overreacting? I received 2 x 7ml samples from all over the place, and depotted it into an 18ml Muji bottle – I’ve already finished half of it in 3 days. Diz stuff is gooood.

First impression: ★★★★★

9. Innisfree

I got this with my previous TK order. I couldn’t find a lot of reviews online, but it was only 300krw… What a disappointment though 😦 The lotion is brown in colour, and heavily scented, very herbal-y or lavender-y. Seemed like just another standard emulsion anyway.

First impression: ★★☆☆☆

Building up my Asian Beauty Collection: RoseRoseShop

Ever since I discovered Asian beauty products last September, I’ve been on the hunt for both the best cosmetic and skincare products from around the region. It’s a well-known fact that Western cosmetics are more well-received here in Asia, with most women ‘moving up’ the ladder from normal drugstore cosmetics to brands like Chanel and YSL. It’s definitely influenced my choices; the couple of years before that, I’d been in and out of Sephora countless times.

I thought the Asian 6/8/10/12-step skincare regime was fairly ridiculous – I mean, can you imagine spending an hour on just your skincare at night!? I couldn’t even be bothered with a Western moisturizer in the past; my mother would force her thick, sticky, uncomfortable creams on my face when we were in travelling in Winter countries, and I would begrudgingly smear it on my face. Before discovering Asian beauty products, I thought skincare had to be so… gross, for a lack of a better word.


I made an order right after my final exams in November, and the giant package arrived about 3 weeks later (even though I had ordered EMS). While that was fairly disappointing, RRS kept in constant contact with me and was efficient in dealing with all my issues, i.e. the slow delivery + the 3 out of stock items (Mizon Snail Ampoule, Good Night White Sleeping Mask, missing Baroness Collagen Mask Sheet). I was satisfied with their service, but I may possibly be sticking with TesterKorea in future due to their more balanced shipping prices.


As you can see, I hauled pretty big on this one – and you may notice that there are no free samples! :O Apparently, RRS doesn’t always hand out free sachet/deluxe samples – they may provide you with some free products. My ‘free sample’ this time was the Aloe Modeling Mask Pack on the top right – it looks fairly generous to me! It was definitely a pleasant surprise 🙂

Mizon All-In-One Snail Repair Cream, Aloe 90 Soothing Gel, Hyaluronic Ultra Suboon Cream, Water Volume Aqua Gel Cream


I got the various low-priced creams from Mizon to try out. I also ordered the Good Night White Sleeping Mask (Tube), but they shipped it without cause it was OOS 😦

Of these tubes, I’ve tried the top 2 (the bottom 2 shall only be opened when I’m done with more stuff!) – the All In One Snail Cream for it’s magical/amazing/fantabulous absorbing properties, and the Aloe Vera Gel when I was in Taipei and Hong Kong, as a body gel. I felt as though it was average as a soothing gel; it didn’t penetrate the surface of my skin, but instead it only moisturized the surface. Of course, I’ve also tried the famous Snail Recovery Gel.

First impression: ★★★★☆

Mizon Collagen Power FIrming Eye Cream, Snail Repair Eye Cream


I first started using eye creams last year, when I got a small sample of the Benefit It’s Potent! Eye Cream – and it was. It stung my eyes, and I didn’t really like it in a tiny jar – so I got milder Asian eye creams 🙂 I’m already working on the first tube of Collagen Power Firming Eye Cream, more for future preventive measures. Apparently, eye creams don’t work magic on my sort of dark eye circles – the dark, purpley ones that just don’t seem to go away no matter what you do. Eye creams typically only show results after 6 months or so of consistent use, so there’s that anyway. I have however heard rave reviews of the Snail Repair Eye Cream, so after I’m done with the Collagen I suppose I’ll have higher hopes with the Snail-y goodness 🙂

First impression: ★★★★☆

Mizon Skin Power Original First Essence


My mum has been an avid user of SK-II since… ever, so I’d heard about the benefits of Galactomyces/whatever yeasty ferment products are good for your skin. Over in r/AB, Missha’s Time Revolution FTE and ‘ANR’ are totally raved about – so I decided to go for the cheaper Mizon option for now, as I don’t really want to drop $70 on both products (I found it for ~$65 on Qoo10!). While I’ve read that some people have had amazing results after using this for a couple of days, I didn’t notice any special glow or whatnot – in fact, you already know I have issues with fragranced products, and this smells of GINGER. Ick! After a week of use, I’m fairly neutral about it – I’m sure I’ll be able to review this better after longer, more consistent use though.

First impression: ★★★☆☆

Mizon Multi 24 Enrich Magic Salve


I have not tried this yet, but this seems like it has the consistency of a typical balm. I purchased this as a balm for cracked heels, but I’ve found another cream that works well in the meantime so I likely won’t be opening this anytime soon. It doesn’t have any strong scent.

First impression: ★★★★☆

It’s Skin Power 10 Effectors


When I first saw this series on the ‘special care’ section on TesterKorea, I was super excited to try these out! This series of It’s Skin Power 10 Effectors seemed so cool – they’re cheap (~6000krw / SGD$8), comes in a wide variety, and are perfect to treat various skin concerns at one go – but they were a huge disappointment for me. I actually ordered more of these in the whole series, but 75% of them were actually HEAVILY FRAGRANCED. To the point that when I patch-tested these, the product’s fragrance was so overwhelming it was literally all I could smell – I had to wipe the gunk off my face 😦

I only decided to keep 6 of them, for various reasons:

  • The LI (Licorice) Effector is unscented, and should help with lightening some PIH on my face.
  • The GF (?????????) Effector is also unscented, and should help with soothing redness (sunburns? I doubt I’ll ever get any now that I’m so invested in suncare)
  • The Syn-Ake’s scent was bearable, and I read pretty good reviews of it online. It’s part of the 2 in their ‘premium’ line, along with the Propolis which I sold
  • The VC (Vitamin C) actually smells of lemon. Which is fine. I also wanted to try a milder VC serum (after BFF suggested against the C20 – she was raving about it when she first got it, but after a couple of months it was like ‘meh it’s okay only’)
  • The VE (Vitamin E). I… actually only kept this because I never asked RRS why my VE effector was full of these flaky things. I couldn’t find many pictures online, and I don’t know whether or not to use it – maybe I’ll drop an email to It’s Skin sometime to confirm this. I won’t even use this for now.
  • The YE (Yeast) Effector is actually the most famous of them all. With the big hype on fermented skincare products in recent years, It’s Skin formulated a Yeast serum to target anti-aging and address hydration. I kept it because the scent was bearable, and it’s the star product – I can’t not give this a try before dismissing the entire line.

First impression: ★★☆☆☆

A’Pieu Take My Hands Nail Paraffin Pack


I have not tried this yet, but the instructions say that this tub can be reused 3-4 times. Add hot water/pour it away and it’ll help treat your fingers and nails! Sounds exciting!

First impression: ★★★★☆

A’Pieu NonCo Tea Tree Spot Patches


This stuff is amazing. It gets the oil out of my nose overnight – as my bff claims, she ‘uses this like tissue paper’!! These however aren’t as amazing as the 3M hydrocolloid acne bandages; I feel like these two products serve different purposes (those are better for those with pimples with a head). I actually bought 30 of these this time around after using 1 before – no doubt I’m gonna finish them hehe!

First impression: ★★★★☆

The Face Shop Rice Bright Cleansing Cream


Did not really like this. I depotted this into a pump bottle from Daiso, and it was just really… oily. Not very cleanse-y, but just oily. Didn’t really get my makeup off either. At least I can use it as a sunscreen remover for my body?

First impression: ★★☆☆☆

Miscellaneous 3W Clinic Masks


These masks were really cheap off RRS! They end up around $4-5 per packet of 10 – which makes it a super good deal. I must however mention that they are…. quite fragranced. I didn’t really try all of them yet, but the fresh milk/white one was really scented! Not good if you’re sensitive to fragranced products.

First impression: ★★★☆☆

Miscellaneous Baroness Masks


I really liked these masks! I tried on the Collagen one the night I received this haul, and was pleasantly surprised with the quality and how hydrating it was! These, like the 3W clinic masks, were similarly priced – but somehow I felt a lot more satisfied using these masks.

First impression: ★★★★☆

Modeling Mask: Aloe


I was a little surprised at first when I saw this at the top of the box, then I realised that this was the free ‘sample’ that RRS provided with my haul! I actually prefer this to the small foil samples they typically send out – those are not very helpful in letting me decide whether I like a product or not. But FYI I have not tried this yet!! Very strange new trend in Korean masks – modeling masks! You get a little bowl and a spatula and you mix some of this powder up with water, and it becomes a paste that you spread on your face. Then it dries up after 20 minutes and you peel it off! I… will try this one day.

First impression: ★★★☆☆

I’ve already been using this stuff for a couple of months, and this was definitely a happy-learning-about-AB haul 🙂