Friday, November 22, 2013

Rose Secret Box - Korean Beauty Products

A little while ago, I saw on Beauty Box Spoilers that a limited number of Rose Secret Boxes were available on the Rose Rose Shop website. There were a few price points available, ranging from $25 to $100 USD (if I remember correctly), which included free shipping. Since my experience with Korean beauty products was pretty much zilch, I decided to go ahead and jump on the bandwagon. I picked up a $25 box with 2 full size products, 1 pair of earrings, and a bunch of samples. The box arrived relatively quickly, considering it was shipped from Korea, and I was really impressed with the number of different items included in the box. I've only tried a couple of products so far as it took me a while to photograph everything. Plus I needed to do some research as I didn't know how to use a number of the products. Here are all the goodies that came in the secret box!



One of the products I've tried is the Cedia BB Cream - this was one of the full size products included in the box. It's supposed to be an "intense whitening" product, which is not something I really want for my skin. I received a universal shade, which is too light for my skin tone and I feel it does not blend well when worn on its own. It's also a drier formulation and I feel it looks a little cakey and unnatural. I've been mixing it with my darker Marcelle BB Cream and I've been enjoying wearing it that way, but it's not something I would purchase. I like that it comes in a pump tube and there's no discernible scent.



I'm not 100% sure what the other full size product is... perhaps it is the Tony Moly Goddess Style BerryBerry Lovely Stick. I received the shade PKLS05 - Blossom Pink. In the tube, the lipstick looks very bright, but it is quite a soft pink on the lips. It contains a tremendous amount of shimmer in it and, as a result, it feels gritty on the lips. The lipstick has a nice scent and no flavour. I don't see myself wearing it a whole lot though due to the grittiness.



This Cedia Mineral Powder could also be considered a full size product. Either that or it is a very very generous sample size. This is in the shade Skin Beige and comes with a small foam powder puff. I haven't tried this product yet as I'm using a whole bunch of different powders right now.



I received 2 of these 13 ml La'dor Eco Professional Perfect Filler Special Hair Clinic tubes. Oddly enough, I received 2 of the exact same tubes, but one came packaged in a box and the other one did not. This is one of the products I had no idea how to use. It says you are supposed to mix it in a 1:1 ratio with the perfect filler and water. It smells perfume-y and the texture is similar to water. The Rose Rose Shop website includes the following description about this product: "powerful solution to repair damaged hair for perfect nutrition and multifaceted!" The main ingredients are micro ceramide, keratin LPP, collagen PPT, and silk amino acids.



Here is how you use it:


(Source: Rose Rose Shop website)

A bunch of products from Etude House! I've heard a lot about this brand/store, but I've never tried any of the products. I received the following (left to right): Connect & Care CC Cream foil packet, Collagen Moistfull First Essence, Wonder Pore Special Trial Kit (White Clay Clear, Freshner, Corrector), Mag Play Nails Magnetic Nail Polish in #1 Red N (I don't think this includes a magnet), and Precious Mineral BB Cream foil packet.



I also received a couple of sheet masks! One is the Etude House Pearl Extract Natural Mask and the other is the Bio Remedies Therapeutic Cosmetics (BRTC) Green Tea Stem Cell Mask. I love sheet masks so I can't wait to try these!!



Here are the foil packets I received... lots of samples to add to my stockpile! I've listed the samples in a snail shell shape, starting from the top left corner: Skin79 BB Cleanser, Too Cool For School Pink Girl Jelly Base (this can be used as a makeup base or mixed with a BB cream or foundation - so intrigued by this!), Missha Time Revolution Aqua Youth Cream, Missha Signature Complexion Coordinating BB Cream, Tony Moly Intense Care Syn-Ake Wrinkle Filler Serum, Ja Saeng Essence, Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Pearl Bay Invasion in #1 Mother of Pearl (this is a makeup base... I love the packaging!), and Missha Super Aqua Marine Stem Cell Intensive Serum.



Finally, here are the earrings I received. I haven't worn these yet, but they are essentially oversized studs so I really like them!



I was so impressed by the service and shipping of Rose Rose Shop that I have since placed another order (not a secret box though... I picked out a bunch of products). Look for a haul post coming soon! :)

14 comments:

  1. oh what a great box! seems like there were a few misses but definitely worth the price point, love the etude house stuff, I'll have to try to grab one of these mystery boxes next time... or just place an order anyway ;)

    can't wait to see your haul!

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    1. i was very impressed with the secret box given the price! rose rose shop seems to periodically have sales on certain brands, so i picked up a few more products to try at the last sale. :)

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  2. Such an awesome box :) Those sheet masks look like fun! I keep seeing them, but have yet to try them out!

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    1. you definitely have to try some! sheet masks are the best. i try to apply one every weekend... while relaxing with a bath of course! :)

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  3. I got a box too and I really enjoyed discovering new products. I will probably order another surprise box in the new year. I got some similar items as you

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    1. i may order another box the next time they are available too! i really like trying a variety of products and the price is really reasonable. :)

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  4. wow-I'm super interested in this! I used to live in South Korea and am pretty familiar with a lot of the products that you received AND can rattle off the names of a LOT more that you should try. I'm surprised that the BB cream was on the drier side...most of the ones I have used are quite hydrating. I'm going to check this out.....you've reignited the spark for me!

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    1. oh good!! i'm happy to have reignited the spark! :) i recently purchased a couple of missha bb creams to try so hopefully that formulation will work better for me. i would love to hear some of the products you recommend so i can pick up a few more goodies to try!! :)

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  5. Looks like a great starter box for you to get into Korean cosmetics! The Wonderpore trial set looks fantastic as do the face masks! Have you tried Wishbox yet? The products are pretty amazing there too!

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    1. i haven't tried wishbox!! i will have to put that one on my list along with memebox! the list never ends... :)

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  6. Etude House is a great brand, Misha too. I LOVE Skin79, i love Tony Moly too, but mainly for their skincare stuff, mask and makeup product (they do great with those, but with other stuff, you never know). I've never heard of Cedia though, so maybe they're trying to sell stuff that are not doing so well on the market. I'm used to korean bb cream and every single one I've tried is great, never cakey and always end up matching my tone after oxidation. So maybe Cedia is just a very bad brand. I've tried 1 bb cream and 1 cc cream that were not korean, and they both deeply sucked.

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    1. i purchased a couple of missha bb creams to try so i can't wait to see if i like those better! thanks so much for your comment... so helpful. :)

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  7. I'd love to try one of their boxes! What a great assortment of products! I've only tried a few samples of Korean cosmetics and I definitely want to try more.

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    1. i think there are boxes on sale now on the rose rose shop website... i was thinking about picking up another one but seeing as how i've only tried a couple of the products from this box so far, i decided to hold off...

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